Since 1970, Birding NSW (formerly the NSW Field Ornithologist Club), has
published an Annual Report that features all the interesting and unusual
sightings for the State. The Report includes highlights from the 6 Regional
reports (Canberra Region, Central Coast, Clarence Valley, Eurobodalla & Far
South Coast, Hunter and Illawarra) as well as interesting sightings from all
the local bird club newsletters, information on Birding-aus and information
from individuals who annually report on their special sightings that they
may have made throughout the year.
The Report also includes the Annual Report of the NSW Records Appraisal
Committee, which includes details of the 11 submissions dealt with by both
the NSWORAC and BARC in respect to NSW observations
The Report consists of 84 pages and the provides details on 425 species,
with information coming from 100+ journals & newsletters, and records from
446 individual observers. The Report provides an overview of the nesting of
colonial waterbirds and seabirds, arrival and departure dates of migrants,
and the passage of rare species across the State.
A number of unusual or otherwise significant records were recieved in 2003
although for the first time for a number of years, no new birds were added
to the New South Wales list. Of significance were the first records for the
Orange-bellied Parrot for many years, and many records of Budgerigars,
Fork-tailed Swifts,Superb,Regent & Turquoise Parrots, Freckled Ducks,
Great-crested Grebes and other birds, most probably drought related. Equally
there was a great decline in the number of nesting colonial waterbirds,
particularly in inland NSW. Over 7000 Red-necked Avocets were recorded at
high tide roosts during July in the Hunter estuary, the largest aggregation
recorded for NSW. Fairy Terns continued to increase in number and breeding
success on the NSW Far South Coast, while the breeding success of Little
Terns in the 2003/4 season was the best for many years. The South Island
Pied Oystercatcher was relocated at South Ballina, the 7th Soft-plumage
Petrtel, the 10th Westland Petrel and the 8th Masked Booby for the State are
The Report is edited by Alan Morris and production was by Dennis Arnold.
Copies of the Report are available from Allan Richards, Birding NSW. P.O.
Box Q277, QVB Post Office, Sydney NSW 1230 at a cost of $5 plus $1.50.
Cheques to be made payable to Birding NSW.
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