Birdline NSW Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NSW Weekly Update
Date: 8 Aug 2011 01:30:27 +1000

Birdline NSW

Published sightings for the week ending 7 Aug 2011.

Sun 7 Aug Spangled Drongo Chiltern Track, Ingleside
A Spangled Drongo the highlight of a walk along the Chiltern Track early this afternoon, with many honeyeaters similar to previous visit (see 1 Aug post) plus a Brown-headed.
Robert Griffin

Sat 6 Aug Lewin's Rail Pourmalong Creek - Morisset substation
A Lewins Rail was heard making a variety of its usual calls close to where we had the Regent Honeyeaters yesterday.
Edwin Vella and Tony Dawe

Swift Parrots Joshua Porter Reserve - Chain Valley Bay (NSW Central Coast)
We saw no fewer than 6 Swift Parrots and possibly heard more around the toilet block.
Edwin Vella and Tony Dawe

Hooded Plover Lighthouse Beach Ulladulla
A pair of Hoodies seen on the first small beach, about 300m south of Warden Head Lighthouse. They were observed feeding on both the beach and the rock platform. A pair of Red-capped Plovers also seen earlier on Racecourse Beach.
Mark Ley

Square-tailed Kite North Turramurra: Lovers Jump Ck Valley - seen from Golden Jubilee Field (East Wahroonga)
Noted several large groups of very noisy Sulphur Crested Cockatoos flying high over valley then saw raptor above them. Identified as Square-tailed Kite by bright almost white 'face' and then colour on back and finally under-wing pattern as it turned. Watched as it glided (chased by some cockatoos) right down valley towards Bobbin Head.
Jill Rossiter

Swift Parrot Cadinia & Couranga Rds Tuggerawong, near Wyong
A flock of about 40 Swift Parrots were seen feeding in flowering Forest Red Gums, Swamp Mahoganies and Woolybutts along Cadina and Couranga Rds and near the Tuggerawong Public School. This is a new site on the Central Coast for Swifties this season. Noisy Friarbirds, Bellminers, Noisy Miner s, Rainbow Lorikeets and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were also present.
Alan Morris

Regent Honeyeater Morriset Hospital Sub-Station
Lucky to observe five birds in one tree. (Moderatror's Note: It was reported on Hunter Birding that 11 Regents were seen together at this site by Allan Richardson on the same day. AKM)
Tony Dawe & Edwin Vella

Banded Lapwing Long Reef Golf Course
A group of five Banded Lapwing were seen on Long Reef Golf Course this afternoon.
Bob Way

Rock Warbler grand canyon walking trail Blue Mountains
2 very friendly rock warblers were well seen today by the creek down from Neates Glen. there is a large rocky overhang where people often stop (possibly called the rotunda) and the two rock warblers were hopping about, a metre from where I was standing, totally unconcerned by our presence for several minutes before hurried along by 2 white browed scrub wrens. They then moved off a couple of metres and continued foraging.
Trudy Robinson

Glossy Ibis, Bar-tailed Godwit Sydney Olympic Park
Glossy Ibis (1) at the Eastern Water Quality Control Pond Bar-tailed Godwit (30) At the waterbird refuge. At least one banded with orange and green.
Jenny Stiles

Fri 5 Aug Black-necked Stork Harrington (Cattai Creek)
A pair of Black-necked Storks were in a paddock near Cattai Creek, on the road between Harringon and the Pacific Highway. This is a location where others have seen the birds previously.
Alan Stuart

Noisy Piita, Spectacled Monarch Harrington Rainforest
I heard but did not see two well spaced Spectacled Monarchs in the Harrington RF; also saw an adult Noisy Pitta there.
Alan Stuart

Black-necked Stork Wamberal Lagoon
The Black-necked Stork, first reported at Avoca Lagoon on 1/8/11 and subsequently seen at Wamberal Lagoon on 3/8/2011 , returned to Wamberal Lagoon again today where it was seen by Garon Staines.
Garon Staines per Alan Morris

Banded Lapwing Bicentennial Park
Single bird seen from the Waterbird Refuge, rare visitor to Bicentennial Park.
Steve Mannix

Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Macquarie Woods (33'25 149'15), 20 km SE Orange
Grey Teal (30) Chestnut Teal (4) Black-winged Stilt (1) Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (30)
Neville Schrader

Barn Owl Alexandria, South Sydney
An adult barn owl flew into a plate glass window and was being attacked by birds. The bird is unharmed and will be released back to a park nearby tonight. This is the second barn owl that's come into my care as a WIRES East Branch member in the last few weeks
Joan Dawes

Thu 4 Aug Beach and Bush Stone-curlews Manning Estuary
I saw 3 Beach Stone-curlews (pair plus advanced young) at Mudbishops Point (near Old Bar) and then 3 Bush Stone-curlews roosting together in the new estate at Harrington.
Alan Stuart

Russet-tailed Thrush Saltwater NP
I flushed a Russet-tailed Thrush at Saltwater NP, which flew across the track right in front of me. First time that have had this species at Saltwater.
Alan Stuart

Black-necked Stork Wamberal lagoon, Central Coast
Single bird feeding in shallows early morning. It had obviously moved on from nearby Avoca Lagoon where it was seen on Monday Morning 1/8/11, and Pioneer Dairy Wetlands, Tuggerah where 2 were seen 28-29/7/111.
Tim Faulkner

Wed 3 Aug Plumed Whistling-Duck & Jacana Upper Landsdowne
200+ birds plus 1 Jacana on a farm lagoon. Interestingly the Jacana was foraging over emergent grasses there being were no water-lilies.
Dick & Barbara Cooper

Emerald Dove Hills Lane Yarramalong
Observed in fruiting privet on road side
Paul Shelley

Varied Triller Cape Hawke, Forster
A Varied Triller must have been inspired by the warmer weather and was calling at Cape Hawke, Forster.
Tim Morris

Regent Honeyeater Morriset Hospital Sub-Station
Upgraded shot of one of the 10 birds seen at Morisset today
Tony Dawe

Regent Honeyeater Morriset Hospital Sub-Station
Saw 10 Regent Honeyeaters also nesting striated thornbills
Tony Dawe

Pied Butcherbird Corner of Wallarah Rd. & Bertha St., Gorokan
Perched on power line calling.
Carl Clifford

Australasian Figbird Bicentennial Park, Homebush
Numerous figbirds feeding and calling in the fig trees lining the road and car park next to the cafe above Lake Belvedere.
Jenny Stiles

Tue 2 Aug Pacific Baza Maroubra Junction
A juvenile Pacific Baza was found under a tree near Maroubra Junction, Sydney. The bird unfortunately died, and a postmortem revealed that its gut was full of both roundworms and tapeworms.
Joan Dawes

Wandering Tattlers The Pass-Cape Byron, NSW
I guess by August we could confidently say these two have overwintered, pretty handy sightings last few months over a mile or so of North Facing Rocky Shoreline, be interested if anyone else has found any non migrating migrants through the winter!
Duncan Fowler

Powerful Owl Bouddi National Park
Single bird seen at 8pm in the carpark at the top of the Maitland Bay walk and next Bouddi National Park Infomation Centre. Several Boobooks also heard in the National Park
Tim Faulkner & Brad Gabriel

Bassian Thrush Potters Gully Road, Wyong Creek
2 (pair?) seen on side track. Had good long view, until disturbed by a couple of BMX riders. Habitat, wattle scrub on the edge of rainforest gully.
Carl Clifford

Powerful Owl Woodfield Avenue, Bundeena, Royal National Park
One bird heard calling out the front of my house at 5.30 this morning. Called for around 5 minutes.
Deryk Engel

Mon 1 Aug Southern Emu-wren Cape Solander, Kurnell
An unusually warm 23 degree winters day and the heath birds were in full cry. Three pairs of Southern Emu-wren in the heath close by the coastal cliff top path, south of the whale watching platform. Also several pairs of manic White-browed Scrubwren chasing each other around and the usual New-Holland Honeyeaters also frisky. Spring has come early!
Chris and Jane Gregory

Crested Shrike-tit Millennium Parklands Homebush Bay
Seen with 3 Golden Whistlers, an Eastern Yellow Robin & a Spotted Pardalote. In the same stretch I saw 2 Black Faced Cuckoo Shrikes a Yellow Thornbill, Variagated Fairywrens,many Red Browed Finches & 2 immature Grey Butcherbirds.
Kerry Allen

Scarlet Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, et al Chiltern Track, Ku-ring-gai NP
A glorious mid-afternoon walk resulted in 13 species of honeyeater - Little Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird, Eastern Spinebill, Lewin's, Yellow-faced, White-eared, Yellow-tufted, White-plumed, Fuscous, White-naped, New Holland, White-cheeked and Scarlet Honeyeaters. Plus Golden Whistlers (M + F), a flock of 25 YTB Cockatoos and a Brush Bronzewing. And lots of wildflowers.
Robert Griffin

Banded Lapwing Long Reef
A pair of banded plovers the unexpected highlight of a visit to Long Reef late this morning. The pair were on southern side of beach. Quiet otherwise.
Robert Griffin

Plumed Whistling-Duck Pambula
There are 12 Plumed Whistling-Ducks at Panboola, Pambula on the Far South Coast NSW, a first for us here. Max Sutcliffe reported them to me and photographed them resting on a grassy bank beside a waterway behind the Old Bar within Panboola, best accessed from Bullara St, Pambula.
Barbara Jones

Sun 31 Jul Swift Parrot Watanobbi, Spotted Gum Park
Approx 50 seen, including 3 separate flocks of at least 10, came in to roost as the sun was dipping.
David Langley and Anita Mudge

Regent Honeyeater Morriset Hospital lands
At the site near the electricity substation (we finally found it), and amongst a haze of stink bikes (approx 3 pm), 4 birds clearly seen just on the other side of the stream crossing.
David Langley and Anita Mudge

Plumed Whistling Duck Pamboola Wetlands, Pambula
Max Sutcliffe found 12 Plumed Whistling Ducks at the Pambula Wetlands at Pambula, that were photographed on a grassy bank beside a waterway. There are no previous records for Plumed Whistling Ducks on the Far South Coast of NSW
Barbara Jones per Alan Morris

Rainbow Lorikeet Jubilee Oval Wagga Wagga
6 Rainbow Lorikeets flew over jubilee Oval this afternoon at 1300.
Alastair Smith

Sat 30 Jul Plumed Whistling Duck Innes Lake Vinyards, 5km south west of Port Macquarie
21 birds observed flying overhead from north east (possibly from wetlands on western edge of Port Macquarie) towards lake Innes. Calling constantly.
David Charley

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