Published sightings for the week ending 14 Mar 2010.
Sat 13 Mar Little Friarbird Bulga Creek beside Putty Rd (NW of
Janene Luff advised me today that she had 2 Little Friarbirds and 2
Striped Honeyeaters from this location yesterday.
Janene Luff via Edwin Vella
Black-browed Albatross (2), Flesh-footed Shearwaters Mistral Pt,
Maroubra (approx. 10km SE of Sydney CBD)
Highlights for a late afternoon sea watch from Mistral Pt on Saturday
were 2 Black-browed Alabtrosses (one was an adult Campbell Albatross and
the other an Immature bird), 3-4 close in Flesh-footed Shearwaters
(amonst 4 Short-tailed and hundreds of Wedge-tailed), 4 Arctic and at
least 8 Pomarine Jaegers as well as 3-4 adult Kelp Gulls (including one
flying beside my car as I was heading for home).
Ediwn Vella and David Mitford
Beautiful Firetail Fitzroy Falls (Redhill Fire Trail)
One Beautiful Firetail (my first for the Southern Highlands), 2
Pilotbirds and a returning Rose Robin recorded mid-afternoon.
White-bellied Storm-Petrel, Gould's Petrel Sydney pelagic
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
Fri 12 Mar Possible Dunlin Tuross Lake Estuary
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
Lewin's rail University of New South Wales
Immature Lewin's Rail found dead at UNSW in student accommodation
Regent Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Pacific Baza
Werakata (Kitchener) near Cessnock
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.
Double-banded plover Mason Park
One (rather lonesome-looking) Double-banded Plover observed at Mason
Park late this morning
Latham's Snipe, Varied Sittella Lilli Pilli Street, Davistown
A single Latham's Snipe and six Sittella in Casuaina glauca Saltmarsh
off Lilli Pilli Street, seen today. Yesterday up to 4 Snipe at the same
Phil Wood & Warren Brown
Thu 11 Mar Black-faced Monarch Nepean River, Camden Airport
Two immature (1st year) Black-faced Monarchs caught and banded during
banding operations adjacent to the Nepean River at Camden Airport, New
Alan John Leishman
Plum-headed Finch, Diamond Fitretail, Black-chinned Honeyeater,
Hooded Robin Capertee Valley
On a very quick day trip to the stunning Capertee Valley today, 2
separate groups of Plum-headed Finch were recorded along Crown Station
Rd - a group of 3 adults in one location, & a flock of 13 birds (6
adults with 7 juveniles) in another spot 3kms away. Here the juveniles
were being fed by their parents. 4 adult Diamond Firetails were seen
with the first birds & the larger flock was accompanied by lots of
Double-barred Finch. There were several groups of Black-chinned
Honeyeater in this area with some also at Glen Davis, where an adult
male Hooded Robin was seen harassing the Brown Treecreepers at the
camping area. Other good birds seen in the valley on the day were plenty
of Little Lorikeets, Jacky Winters, Southern Whiteface, Gang-gang
Cockatoos, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Zebra Finch, Dusky Woodswallows, Rufous
Songlarks, a Wonga Pigeon & a Pallid Cuckoo, amongst the many other
Male and Female Cicadabird Little Wheeny Lagoon, Cattai
Male and female Cicadabird in same tree.
Cumberland Bird Observers Club K Brandwood
Pacific Baza, Little Lorikeets Scheyville
4 Pacific Baza, scores of Little Lorikeets and Honeyeaters. There will
be some good birding in Scheyville over the next couple of weeks as a
good number of the mature Grey Box are in flower, 10 species of
Honyeater in the one tree. There are also many caterpillars (not the
hairy type) dropping from some of the trees providing another food
source for Cuckoos. Whitmore Road side of reserve.
Cumberland Bird Observers Club K Brandwood.
Wed 10 Mar Common Sandpiper Eastern edge of Mobbs Bay, South
Single non-breeding bird observed working along edge of mangroves and
Shy Albatross, Long-tailed Jaeger, Kelp Gull & Caspian Tern
Mistral Point, Maroubra
An early Shy Albatross was seen today along with a flock of 4 Caspian
Terns, 2 Kelp Gulls, 2 Long-tailed Jaegers, 1 Arctic Jaeger, 16 Pomarine
Jaegers, 19 Flesh-footed Shearwaters and a few Aust Gannets.
Tue 9 Mar Barred Cuckoo-shrike Wonga Park, Sawtell
Two Barred Cuckoo-shrikes seen feeding on figs (probable Moreton Bay
Fig) and another unidentified fruiting tree for about 10 minutes before
flying off. Two Eastern Koels - an adult female and a juvenile - also
present at same time feeding on the figs. I had not heard Koels here
since 19 February. (Wonga Park is at corner of First & Third Avenues.)
Mon 8 Mar Black Bittern Cockle Creek, Barnsley (Lake Macquarie)
Single male bird seen at dusk last night from a vantage accessed from
the end of Macquarie St, Barnsley. Flushed from the bank we were
standing on, then alighted on the other side briefly before taking off
Mick Roderick and Dan Williams
Sun 7 Mar Double-banded plover Long Reef
Pair of Double-banded plovers at Long Reef, first I've seen there this
season, along with the usual culprits - Rednecked Stints (one getting
very red), Pacific Golden Plovers, Sooty oystercatchers, Ruddy
Turnstones and a Grey-tailed Tattler (nice to see as I hadn't seen one
here for a while). Nothing of note off-shore despite the wind.
Little Eagle Adjacent to Mt Annan
One adult Little Eagle heading towards Liverpool area from Mt Annan.
Sat 6 Mar Australian Hobby Balmain/Birchgrove
Australian Hobby soaring in Nth east wind low over rooftops and trees of
Wharf Road just before dusk - alarm calls from every Noisy Miner in the
district. Co-incidently, this bird or another seen a bit earlier on
western side of Louisa Rd by Graham Buchan.
Great Crested Grebe Penrith
At least 2 birds present on the ponds to the east of Castlereagh Road a
few kms north of Penrith.
Australasian Bittern Reed Beds Swamp, Mathoura
Observed flying over Reed Beds Swamp.
Thu 4 Mar Barred Cuckoo-shrike Fig tree adjacent to boat ramp near
Pacific Highway Bridge, Urunga NSW
Three birds observed feeding in Small-leaved Fig at boat ramp. One was a
juvenile bird and was constantly begging for food from the two adult
birds. This suggests that these birds nested in the local area.
Barking Owl Elanora Rd Elanora Heights
The barking owl was in the vicinity of Elanora Rd & Woorarra Ave
intersection calling repeatedly around 10pm -12pm for several evenings.
It is not surprising to have one given the proximity to Garigal NP &
Deep Creek reserve & they do occur at Oxford Falls 4km away. However I
have never heard one near here before & have lived here since1978.
Wed 3 Mar Square-tailed Kite Christmas Bells Plain, south of Port
Single juvenile bird observed hunting along the edge of the tree line
and within the upper canopy of an adjacent Melaleuca forest. Honeyeaters
and lorikeets abundant due to flowering Melaleuca.
Pilotbird, Beautiful Firetail, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren etc. Mt
Cameron Trail, Wollemi NP [past Natural Bridge]
This overgrown fire trail did not produce a great number either of birds
or species, but there were some nice ones. Shortly after I had squeaked
up a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren to within 8 feet I had even more success
with 2 Pilotbirds, a Beautiful Firetail and a male Variegated Wren all
within 15 feet of me. Others along the track included a male Scarlet
Robin, a flock of Varied Sittellas, and a Crested Shriketit. Dense
understorey now shrouds much of the area, making birding difficult at
Mon 1 Mar Eastern Koel Courtsportz Tennis Centre, Dee Why
During tennis practice this afternoon, an Eastern Koel was heard (they
haven't been around for the last month). A few groups of Musk Lorikeets
flew over at various times during the 2 hours I was there, along with 2
Aust King-Parrots as well.
Sat 27 Feb Common Noddy Flat Rock, north of Ballina NSW
Single bird observed foraging / flying along the shoreline and around
the rock platform. Mottled crown and buff/brown shoulders indicative of
juvenile bird. Photos taken.
David Charley and Steve McBride
Mon 22 Feb Brown Booby Rock Platform, Woody Head, Iluka, NSW
Adult bird observed roosting on rock platform near flock of terns.
David Rohweder and David Charley
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