Birdline NSW Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 01:30:29 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 14 Feb 2010.

Sun 14 Feb      Bush-hen Rosebank (20km west of Byron Bay) 
At last, managed to get a proper sighting of a pair of Bush-hen that
have spent at least a couple of weeks in the ferns in rainforest around
the back of our dam. Orange on male's bill easily visible. 
Phil & Angela Murray 

        Spangled Drongo (2), Common Bronzewing Western Sydney Parklands,
Quakers Hill (approx. 6km W of Blacktown CBD) 
During a brief mid afternoon visit I saw my first Drongo for the season
at Glendenning, and then another at the Quakers Hill section of the WSP.
Also at the Quakers Hill end was a female Common Bronzewing (a first for
me for the WSP). 
Edwin Vella 

        Spangled Drongo Munmorah SCA, northern Central Coast 
A single adult Spangled Drongo was seen this morning at Munmorah SCA,
the first arrival of this species in the area this year. Other good
birds seen here today were 5 Dusky Woodswallows (parents with 3
immatures - bred locally), a Shining Bronze-cuckoo, an Aust
Owlet-Nightjar, several Brown Quails, plenty of Southern Emu-wrens &
Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, & a pair of Leaden Flycatchers. 
Martin Cachard 

Sat 13 Feb      Red Knot, Double-banded Plover Botany Bay 
A Red Knot was seen roosting with Bar-tailed Godwits at Woodlands Road
Reserve on Saturday during the monthly survey by the NSW Wader Study
Group. This year's first Double-banded Plover for Botany Bay was seen at
Penrhn Estuary the following day (still no public access due to Port
Botany construction works). 
Hazel Watson 

Fri 12 Feb      Pied Oystercatcher Port Stephens 
144 Pied Oystercatchers were recorded in a survey of all of Port
Stephens; also 876 Bar-tailed Godwits, 376 Eastern Curlew, 271 Whimbrel,
10 other wader species, 20+ other waterbirds; >4,000 birds all up. The
survey was by members of Hunter Bird Observers Club in collaboration
with the local NPWS and the Port Stephens Marine Park Authority. 
Alan Stuart 

        White-browed Crake Byron Bay 
[Moderators Note: Bird seen at West Byron Sewage treatment plant/works
-this area is fenced off and access only available through an electronic
key, the council website has details for access see:]. 
Steve McBride and Kathy Wilk 

        Pacific Baza Sherwood 10km west of Kempsey 
The local Kookaburras clearly were unhappy about the Baza in one of the
trees near the house. One even mopped the baza as it moved tree.
Excellent views as it circled over head. First recording at this site
for five years. 
Alastair Smedley 

Thu 11 Feb      Streaked Shearwater Mistral Point, Maroubra 
A Streaked Shearwater was the best bird this evening on an otherwise
unremarkable sea-watch. 150 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 1 Flesh-footed
Shearwater, 1 Short-tailed Shearwater, 3 Pomarine and 1 Arctic Jaeger
were also logged. 
David Mitford 

Wed 10 Feb      Spotless Crake Casino Golf Club 
seen crossing miniture rail line between golf club and Jabiru Wetlands. 
Hans Lutter 

        Wedge-tailed Eagle Kings Langley, NSW 2147 
Circling very low, being chased by an Australian Raven. 
Annie Bradley 

Tue 9 Feb       Barking Owl Everglades Golf Course Umina 
Lorna Turner reports that on 9/2/2010 there were two Barking Owls perchd
in a low tree near one of the wetlands on the Golf Course. This is the
first occasion that she has seen them and apparently they had been seen
two days earlier by another golfer. While this is an unusual location, a
pair successfully bred at a paperbark swamp, about 1 km away, two years
ago. Another Barking Owl was seen at the Forest of Tranquility, Ourimbah
by Luke McPherson on 23 January 2010. 
Alan Morris 

Mon 8 Feb       Powerful Owl Nords Wharf Rd, Nords Wharf, Lake Macquarie
2 Powerful Owls were heard calling continuously from my home from
5:15am-5:45am yesterday, with them calling again at a similar time today
- these birds seem right on cue for the commencement of their breeding
season. One bird seemed to be about 200mtrs away, with the other a
little closer. This is my first record of this species in this area. 
Martin Cachard 

Sun 7 Feb       Sooty Tern South end of Mooney Beach at Flat Rocks
Point, Munmorah SCA, 3km S of Catherine Hill Bay 
1 adult Sooty Tern was observed in some distress calling & circling
above 2 apparently exhausted juvenile Sooty Terns resting on the
rock-shelf at Flat Rocks Pt at 3pm. One of the young birds had its wings
fully-outstretched & seemed totally exhausted. 
Garry Deering per Martin Cachard 

        Sooty Tern, Square-tailed Kite Central Coast 
The Central Coast has had its share of Sooty Terns too, with a juvenile
freshly beach cast at Birdie Beach, Munmorah SCA and another found alive
on Umina Beach, which has been taken into care with WIRES. No sign of
the Black Noddy seen a few days before at Norah Head. Both a
Square-tailed Kite and a Pacifc Baza were seen aroud 10am at John &
Carole Carpenter's place Murrumbung, Mardi on 5/2/10. 
Alan Morris 

Sat 6 Feb       Lesser Frigatebird Ballina 
A single Frigatebird seen flying overhead from Lighthouse Lookout,
Ballina. Seen again 10 mins later from Boulder Beach before disappearing
out to sea, heading N/E. I think Lesser Frigatebird (imm), please
correct me if I'm wrong [Moderators Note: Yes, we agree that this is a
Lesser Frigatebird - white armpits are diagnostic]. 
Steve McBride 

Fri 5 Feb       Sooty Tern Berrara, 5km south of Sussex Inlet 
6-10 birds seen over land on Thursday. A young bird found dead, 200
metres from the beach on Friday (5th) after the big storm. 
Jo Barrett (per Carol Probets) 

Sat 30 Jan      Magpie Goose, & Great, Cattle, Intermediate & Little
Egret nesting Narrabri Lake, near Narrabri south 
Recent heavy rains have produced a nesting event on Narrabri Lake, south
of the river at Narrabri. There is a mixed colony of the four egrets
(full details not to hand), 53 White Ibis nests, and 14 Magpie Geese
were counted there by David Johnston on 30/1/10. 
David johnston per Alan Morris 

Thu 28 Jan      Sooty Tern Saratoga Wetlands oval near Woy Woy 
Alan Skinner advises that on 28/1/2010 he found an immature Sooty Tern
on the Saratoga wetlands oval, following a heavy thunderstorm. It did
not fly away so he toook it to WIRES where it went into care. Saratoga
is on the shores of Brisbane Water and the nearest point of the ocean
would be at least 8 kms to the south. There have now been 4 seperate
records of Sooty Terns for the Central Coast in the past 2 weeks. 
Alan Morris 


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