Birdline Australia Weekly Update

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Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
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Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 01:30:13 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 14 Mar 2010.

Sat 13 Mar      White-bellied Storm-Petrel, Gould's Petrel Sydney
pelagic, New South Wales 
A well-seen White-bellied Storm-Petrel and two Gould's Petrels which
stayed around the Halicat for at least 30 minutes were the highlights of
an excellent Sydney pelagic trip where we recorded a good total of 19
Roger McGovern 

Fri 12 Mar      Possible Dunlin Tuross Lake Estuary, New South Wales 
BARC has received a submission on a Dunlin seen by Pattie Parker in the
Tuross Lake Estuary, NSW on the 5 January 2010. The bird was in partial
breeding plumage with black patches emerging on the belly. 
Pattie Parker per Mike Carter 

        Regent Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Pacific Baza
Werakata (Kitchener) near Cessnock, New South Wales 
Single Regent Honeyeater seen today in a large Spotted Gum not far from
the Abernethy-Kitchener Road. Although there is no blossom in this or
any other Spotted Gums in the valley, there is a locally endemic
Stringybark (still undescribed to science) flowering at the moment.
Interestingly, this is the same Stringybark that Regents were foraging
in during July-August last year (at the same site and elsewhere in the
locality), so it is fascinating to see it flowering now in March. Quite
a few Black-chins, Brown-heads etc and the usual hordes of Little
Lorikeets in the area. A Pacific Baza at Pelton this morning also. 
Mick Roderick 

Sun 21 Feb      Cook's, Gould's, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Buller's
Shearwater, Long-tailed Jaeger Eaglehawk Neck pelagic, Tasmania 
The BOCA Eaglehawk Neck pelagic recorded 27 species including five rarer
seabirds - Cook's (1), Gould's (3), Soft-plumaged Petrel (1), Buller's
Shearwater (1), Long-tailed Jaeger (1). This may be the first Cook's
Petrel recorded on an organised pelagic off Tasmania. Also seen were an
estimated 50 Wandering Albatross (including 34 together), 4 other
species of albatross and good numbers of White-chinned Petrels 
Rohan Clarke et al. 

Sat 16 Jan      Radjah Shelduck Bibra Lake , Western Australia 
Radjah Shelduck (1) Bibra Lake. 
Graham Armstrong per WA Recent Bird Sightings 

Sun 28 May      Gouldian Finch Arnhem Hwy, Northern Territory 
A black faced Gouldian Finch was recorded in grassland/ monsoon forest
approx. 45 kilometres from Darwin on the Arnhem Hwy - 100 metres east of
the from Jabiru 200 km (J200) sign. Another black-faced bird was later
seen in the same spot - possibly the same bird. From all indications
this is the closest record of a wild Gouldian Finch to Darwin. 
Tim Dolby, Greg Oakley, Chris Brady 


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