Birdline NSW Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NSW Weekly Update
Date: 30 May 2011 01:30:49 +1000

Birdline NSW

Published sightings for the week ending 29 May 2011.

Sat 28 May Green Pygnmy-Goose Com-crested Jacanas Smiths Lake between Moonee & Emerald Beaches
When Coffs Coast Bird Oberservers visited Smiths Lake on 28/5/11 they foubd 12 Jacanas, 1 male Mallard and a pair of Green Pygmy Geese. The two adult Oygmy-Geese were photographed. If accepted, this will be the 7th NSW record for the Green Pygmy-Goose
Ian McInnes, Coffs Coast Birdwatchers

Topknot Pigeon, White-headed Pigeon, Brown Quail & Rock Warbler Glenola Reserve Yarramalong & Mangrove Dam , Kulnura
At Glenola Reserve, Yarramalong for the outing of the Central Coast Group, Birding NSW, 3 flocks of Topknot Pigeons passed over of 4,12,12 birds, 5 Brown Quail seen and flushed, 2 Jacky Winters and many Sain Bowerbirds observed. At nrearby Yarramalong Church 5 White-headed Pigeons, 1 Brown Cuckoo-dove, Wonga Pigeon HC, 2 flocks of 5 & 20 Topknot Pigeons and 4 Jacky Winters seen; Later at Mangrove Dam at Kulnura, there was a Rock Warbler feeding at the edge of the carpark and Golden Whistlers were seen at all sites. 63 species were seen for the day.
Margaret Pointer & 26 members of CCGBNSW

Common Diving-Petrel Mistral Point, Maroubra
A single Common Diving-Petrel seen off Mistral Point this afternoon, heading south. Also the more usual sightings including Black-browed Albatross, Yellow-nosed Albatross, 2 Shy Albatross, 2 Brown Skua, 2 Fluttering Shearwater and then just before dusk an immature Sea-eagle soaring over the car park and then dropping into a dive to pluck something from the water surface.
Robert Griffin and Ray Gobbe

Grey-backed Storm-petrel SOSSA pelagic off Wollongong NSW
more pictures: see URL
SOSSA per Nikolas Haass

Ostrich Lashbrook Rd, off Barham - Deniliquin Rd
Further to posting dated 21/5, at least 11 adult and 3 young ostriches present at this site today, spread amongst several paddocks N of the main road and E of Lashbrook Rd.
Andrew Wood

Fri 27 May Regent Honeyeater / Swift Parrot Morriset / Chain Valley Bay (Lake Macquarie)
8 to 10 Regent Honeyeaters seen this morning at the Morisset site where they were reported from last week. Most birds (approx 8) are concentrated around a small group of flowering Swamp Mahogany trees that were attended by numerous other nectivores, but predominantly Noisy Friars and Yellow-faced HE's. 2 other birds about 100m to the north. Flowering (and budding) Swamp Mahoganies abundant in the vicinity and broader locality. Swift Parrots still in attendance at flowering Blue Gum trees (planted) on the Chain Valley Bay South foreshore, spread out across several flowering trees (perhaps 15-20 birds seen/heard).
Mick Roderick, Allan Richardson and Adrian Boyle

Thu 26 May Pacific Baza West Pymble
1 Pacific Baza in trees adjacent to Avondale GC.
Max de Beer

Wed 25 May Noisy Pitta, Emerald Dove, Glossy Black Cockatoo Boambee Headland, Sawtell.
Great views of two Noisy Pittas in predawn light while on my morning run. Irredescent green under wings amazingly bright given the low light. This is the second winter they have returned as the headland recovers from a fire 6 years ago. Emerald dove flicked past and Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in allocasuarina. Great way to start the day.
Michael Cheers

Black Kite Ballina CBD and Richmond River
this species is not frequently observed in the Richmond Valley
Bob Moffatt

Tue 24 May Pheasant Coucal Royal National Park
An unfortunate pheasant coucal was found as roadkill on the south-bound lane of Bertram Stevens Dve, near the Warumbul Road turnoff this morning in the Royal NP. They can be heard calling early or late in the day from any of the tracks from Uloola Falls across to Marley, so must be in good numbers. On Apr 18 at 8am I had another one flying low across the road just ahead of my car on Bundeena Dve near the Maianbar turnoff.
Bruce Roubin

Noisy Pitta Wattle Forest , Royal national park
Noisy Pitta reported by Bruce Roubin two weeks ago was still there this morning at 11AM, only about 100 metres south of the beginning of the Wattle Flat track.
Joost Werz and Philip Brook

Mon 23 May Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Scally-breasted Lorikeets Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside, Blacktown
One Wedge-tailed Eagle was circling over reserve and nearby Doonside. Two White-bellied Eagles were seen flying over reserve in Windsor direction. Small flock of Scally-breasted Lorikeets found feeding on the flowering gum tree near the reserve's entertaiment centre.
Ted Wnorowski

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Grey Currawong, Gang gang Cockatoo Kings Tableland, Blue Mountains
One Chestnut-rumped Heathwren came out on the walking track from dense dwarf casuarina bushes. Very good view. Other interesting birds: 3 Gray Currawong (very vocal, walking on the ground), 3 Gang gang Cockatoos ( feeding in the casuarinas), flock of Variegated Fairywrens. Superb Lyrebirds were calling everywhere. One bird incorporated ( very realistic) a motor cross bike sound in his song. I spent nearly one hour listening to this bird. He also used calls of group of L. Kookaburra and noise make by a group of NH Honeyeaters.
Ted Wnorowski

White-headed Pigeon Springwood, Blue Mountains
One White-headed Pigeon was perching on a wire near main highway when passing Springwood.
Ted Wnorowski

Eastern Barn Owl Cornwells lane Richmond lowlands
Photographed my first barn owl on advice of my friend Edwin Vella where to look. There were four calling and flying around. This one sat still and long enough for me to get some great shots.
Tony Dawe

Sun 22 May Beach Stone Curlew Iluka
A pair of Beach Stone Curlews were present on the narrow mud flat to the south west of Queen Lane, Iluka. Not sure how they survive there as dog owners walking along the footpath were letting their dogs run out onto the mudflats to chase the Stone Curlews as well as an Eastern Curlew and a pair of Pied Oystercatchers that were also present.
Tim Morris

Ground Cuckoo-shrike Wilgara, Quambone
5 Ground Cuckoo-shrike at Wilgara -30.94156,147.7556 The property is south from where the Marthaguy Creek crosses Sandy Camp Road
Steven Edwards

Brolga & Plumed Whistling Duck Thurn
2 Adult and 2 young Brolga at Thurn property 50 kilometres west of Coonamble on the Quambone Road and 24 kilometres north east of Quambone, I also counted between 170 & 180 Plumed Whistling Duck and 2 Pink-eared Ducks
Steven Edwards

Southern Boobook Cumberland State Forest
2 birds seen and photographed at exit into Oratava Rd right hand side perched in fern tree.
Tony Dawe

Swift Parrot Sutton Reserve, Bateau Bay
Max 39 Swift Parrots seen feeding in flowering Swamp Mahoagany Trees in Sutton Reserve , Bateau Bay along the Rushby Street side of the Reserve closest to Bateau Bay Beach on 20/5/11. Subsequently seen between Murray St and Rushby St Bateau Bay again over the next two days, feeding in flowering Blackutt in Murray, Burrawang & Norah View Sts and in Swamp Mahogany in Rushby Steet..
Rowena Wallace & Robyn Walker

Pacific Bazas Kensington Park Rd, Schofelds (approx. 10km NW of Blacktown CBD)
Beside Kensington Park Rd around midday today, I stumbled across a pair of Pacific Bazas hunting and feeding on phasmids which I was able to observe and take many photographs over an hour. I wish all birds were just as easy to photograph! Pacific Bazas have become quite a common sight in the Blacktown area over recent years along with other nice raptors such as Grey Goshawks, Square-tailed Kites and Little Eagles. There were also some Dusky Woodswallows about (saw them at 3 spots today around Blacktown) as well as the resident Brown Goshawk.
Edwin Vella

White-throated Gerygone Glengarrie Rd, Marsden APrk (approx. 10km W of Blacktown CBD)
At Marsden Park along Glengarrie Rd, there were lots of birds about with a few Rose Robins, Varied Sittellas, a White-throated Gerygone and a both male and female Rufous Whistlers (a few of both the Gerygone and Rufous Whistlers often over winter in the Blacktown area), Golden Whistlers, Restless Flycatcher with lots of Weebills, Yellow Thornbills and Pardalotes (Spotted and Striated).
Edwin Vella

Jacky Winter (2) South Street, Marsden Park (approx. 10km west of Blacktown CBD)
I was thrilled to see a pair of Jacky Winters perched on fences beside South Street in Marsden Park. It has been a while since I have seen them in the local area and the last ones I know of where at Quakers Hill. It's sad to say that these birds appear to be quite rare now in western Sydney.
Edwin Vella

Sat 21 May Long-billed Corella, Great Crested Grebe Agnes Banks and Penrith
Flock of 160-200 corellas, no Littles seen amongst them. Also nearby a White-bellied Sea-Eagle. Good numbers of waterbirds back at the Castlereagh Rd swamps near Penrith including Hardhead and at least 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes.
Eric Finley

Fri 20 May Beach Stone-curlew Soldiers Point, Port Stephens
Two birds reported by a local observer on the beach that runs south from the marina at Soldiers Point. These birds were also reported in Jan this year.
Trevor Murray per Mick Roderick

Thu 19 May Orange Chat & Bourkes Parrot Sturt National Park
Three Orange Chats were seen one Km east of the Boundary of Sturt NP near Mount Wood Section, while 7 Bourke's Parrots and 2 Brown Songlarks were seen on the Gorge Loop Rd near Mt Wood Homestead.
Allan Benson

Blue-billed Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe, Hardhead Lithgow Sewage Ponds
At least a dozen Hoary-headed Grebes and one Hardhead have returned after an absence of over a year. A pair of Blue-billed Ducks have also returned after being absent for several months (first seen back on 10th May).
Carol Probets

Wed 18 May Red-chested Button quail, Buff banded Rail, Australian Crake, Orange Chat, Red-kneed Dotterel(lots Bullo Overflow
Birds seen from the road where the Wanaaring to Tiboburra Rd crosses the bottom of the Bulloo Overflow near Clifton Bore. Pink eared Duck, Australian, Hoary Headed and Great Crested Grebes, Black Tailed Native Hen, Gull-billed and Whiskered Terns, Glossy Ibis plus lots of more.
Allan Benson

Grey Falcon, Bourke’s Parrot (5), Budgerigar (30), 120km West of Wanaaring
At a spot 120 km W of Wanaaring,on the Tibooburra Rd I stopped to check on a falcon that was chasing Budgerigars and saw thsat it was a Grey Falcon, Other birds here included Pink Cockatoo, Chirruping Wedgebill, Chestnut-browed Babbler & Rufous Songlark
Allan Benson

Zebra Finches, Crested Shrike-tit, Bar-shouldered Dove Chandos Road, Horsley Park
At least a dozen Zebra Finches seen feeding and nesting, as well as 4 Crested Shrike-tit and a Bar-shouldered Dove. Other species included Golden-headed Cisticola, Grey Goshawk, Intermediate Egret and Brown Quail. This area is part of the Western Sydney Parklands.
Martin Filipczyk

Mon 16 May White-browed Treecreeper, Crested Bellbird, Red-capped Robin Little Hill, Gundabooka National Park
Other birds seen on walk to Little hill included Striped Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Yellow thornbill, Inland Thornbill & Varied Sittella
Allan Benson

Sat 14 May Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Sawn Rocks, Mt Kaputah national Park, (Narrabri)
There was good birding around the Sawn Rocks area, between the car-park and the creek at the base of the Rocks. Other species seen included Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Double- barred Finch, White –naped Honeyeater, Red-browed Finch, Silvereye & Lewins Honeyeater
Allan Benson

Fri 13 May Turquoise Parrot (16 + 8) Warrumbungle National Park
16 at woolshed and 8 along main rd back toward Camp Pincham. Speckled Warbler, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, White- eared Honeyeater, Brown Treecreeper
Allan Benson

Sun 1 May Scarlet Honeyeater, Hooded Plovers Nadgee Nature Reserve (Wonboyn Lake)
Scarlet Honeyeater (1), Hooded Plovers on beach (2) Also many birds recorded for first time, but some are very common, so this is presumably due to lack of reports from the site. (Moderator's Note: There are previous reports of Scarlet Honeyeaters in Nadgee NR-AKM)
Angus Hartshorn

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