The NSW Annual Bird Report for 2003

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Subject: The NSW Annual Bird Report for 2003
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 17:34:16 +1000
Hi Birders,

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 detailed.

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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