Birdline NSW Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline NSW Weekly Update
Date: 23 Jan 2012 01:30:33 +1000

Birdline NSW

Published sightings for the week ending 22 Jan 2012.

Sun 22 Jan Australian Painted Snipe, Latham's Snipe The Lagoon, approx 20 kms south of Bathurst.
Five Painted Snipe and three Latham's Snipe seen today at The Lagoon, which is a small natural ephemeral wetland south of Bathurst. It is full at the moment, with water and birds. Also seen were Spotted and Spotless Crakes and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
Mark Ley

3 x immature White-bellied Sea Eagles Penrith Quarries
I was walking my dogs and these three immature birds came across the plains from the Nepean River and flew across the lakes complex, circling many of the ponds and lakes.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Freckled Duck, Latham's Snipe, Spotless Crake Corowa Sewage Ponds
A nice selection of birds on the ponds this morning. Highlights were 20 Freckled Ducks (numbers here keep increasing), Latham's Snipe preening in the morning sun and a Spotless Crake that was flushed from the edge of one of the ponds.
Michael Ramsey and Matt Weeks

Sat 21 Jan Spotless Crakes, White-winged Triller Shanes Park Air Services site
At Shanes Park yesterday, 3 Spotless Crakes, a couple of Speckled Warblers, a male White-winged Triller, Peregrine Falcon and a pair (male and female) of Deer (most likely Red Deer) with the Kangaroos!
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller, Allan Richards, Rae Lister

White-throated Needletail Cattai
Over 250 birds seen in small aggregations. First lot along Cattai Road next to Long Neck Lagoon. Second lot at the pond where the Wandering Whistling Ducks are just past Halcrows Road, and finally at Mitchell Park.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Wandering Whistling Duck Cattai
Four of the above ducks were resting at the back of the exact pond Keith Brandwood reported them on a few days ago. Take Cattai Road and go over the bridge at Cattai Creek, then it's the first pond on the right after Halcrows Road.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Southern Emu Wren Barren Ground-NSW
Trail off picnic area, they were in abundance.
Tony & Stephanie Dawe

Eastern Bristlebird Barren Grounds NSW
Plenty of Bristlebirds on trail off picnic area. Also saw Beautiful Firetails, Eastern Whip Birds, heard Brush Cuckoo. Saw about 20 Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos fly over.
Tony & Stephanie Dawe

Ground Parrot Barren Ground-NSW
From the picnic area 200 mts past The Lodge flushed one bird ,landed short distance away.Hard to see in grass only got one shot.Then another bird flew over head and within a few seconds flushed a third bird.
Tony & Stephanie Dawe

Brown Quail Centennial Park
After some searching in the long grass above Kensington pond I flushed a brown quail next to the wood chip piles. I was able to flush it a second time to confirm it's ID. On returning to the spot where initially flushed, a second brown quail was flushed from the grass and flew in the opposite direction to the first one. No little button-quails..
Max de Beer

Baillon's Crake Ash Island
There was a Baillon's Crake at the Scotts Point wetlands on the NE side of Ash Island this morning, skulking amongst the reeds.
Alan Stuart

Brown Quail and three young Penrith Quarries
About 08:30 this morning I saw two adult Brown Quail cross Old Castlereagh Rd in front of me with three young quail running behind them to keep the pace. While I would not consider Brown Quail unusual in the area, I have never seen young (of any quail) yet.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Fri 20 Jan Cockatiel Silverwater
Im unsure if this is a wild bird or simply one that got away, as it was alone, but on the other hand it did seem shy. Moderator: It would seem to be an escapee from the many held in captivity Bryce.
Bryce Smith

Little Button-quail Centennial Park
Around 4pm flushed 3 Little Button-quail at the same time, from the shade of the large pine tree to the immediate south of the wood chip piles, where first reported by Ted Nixon & Victoria Arnold on 18 Jan (native grass patch on the rise above Kensington Ponds). One of the quail was flushed a 2nd time. Also found a Tawny Frogmouth pair roosting in the bush across the picnic ground to the east.
Bruce Roubin

Little Eagle Oakhurst
While at home on Saturday, Aust. Raven alarm calls alerted me to a Square-tailed Kite flying overhead (a regular visitor, but usually in winter months). This afternoon I heard similar calls only this time it was a Little Eagle causing all the fuss - a great addition to my backyard list.
Mark Fuller

Brush Cuckoo Mason Park Wetlands, North Strathfield
A juvenile Brush Cuckoo was a surprise find this morning. It was calling intermittently and gave good views. In the north west corner near the parking area for the playing fields. Also a Channel-billed Cuckoo and 30 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Dion Hobcroft

Eastern Osprey Wapengo Inlet (near Tathra)
Single Osprey fishing over Wapengo this morning.
Tim Dolby

Thu 19 Jan Common Koel Orange east
Single bird calling and seen early morn along Icely rd, Orange.
Alison Doyle

Wed 18 Jan Pink-eared Duck Gum Swamp - Forbes
With reports of Freckled duck here recently, a species I have yet to see, I drove out to Gum Swamp near Forbes - first visit - but alas the Freckled duck have moved on it seems. Spent two mornings and two evenings there. The hide is somewhat in the wrong position now as the reeds have grown up to totaly block the view of the lake. To me this is a first class wetlands that could do with a rethink of the viewing facilities. Present were: Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Darter (breeding), Black Swan, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Hard Head, Blue Billed Duck, Musk Duck, Wood Duck Australian Grebe, Black-fronted Dotterel, Black-tailed Nativehen, Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Coot,Little Egret, Aust White Ibis and White-faced Herron.
Tom Rambaut

Little Button-Quail Centennial Park
Single bird first sighted by my neighbour, Victoria Arnold on Jan. 12. On a return visit we were lucky enough to flush two birds from the same area, viz. the native grasses on the hill above Kensington Ponds ( and the Learner's Bike Track) between the pines and the heaps of wood chips. They [or one?] uttered the text-book 'chuk! chuk!' on being flushed, and Victoria picked up the white on the flanks. [By the way the adult Nankeen Night Heron is still on the island in the Kensington Pond]
Ted Nixon and Victoria Arnold

Red-kneed Dotterel Spring Creek Reserve
Red-kneed Dotterel (1) mudflats developing as reservor starts to drop in water level.
Neville Schrader; David Martin

Glossy Black Cockatoo King Creek, Wauchope
2 birds flew over my place this evening.
Clive Meadows

Australian Koel Winston Hills
Whilst travelling though Winston Hills I noticed a male koel fly into a tree. Then another male and two females joined it.
Tony Dawe

Tawny Grassbird Penrith Swamp
Heard and then observed an adult Tawny Grassbird just behind the football field that is next to the swamp at 06:45 this morning. I also saw a juvenile White-winged Triller, which is a species I have not seen here before.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Australian Painted Snipe Ash Island, Newcastle
Whilst searching (unsuccessfully) for Yellow Wagtail on Wagtail Way, was surprised to flush an adult male Painted Snipe from the mangroves near the steel gate. Also recorded Lathams Snipe in same vicinity.
Scott Baker

Tue 17 Jan Wandering Whistle Duck Cattai
2 W W Ducks in the first lagoon on your right on Wisemans Ferry Road after passing Halcrows Road Cattai.
keith brandwood

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren and Bassian Thrush Wattamolla RNP
Fifty metres in on the firetrail leading from the top carpark a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren foraging along the edge oblivious to us following. Also just a little before a Bassian Thrush sitting in the middle of the fire trail. Then in on the cliff the ever present Rock Warbler!
Rae Lister & Madeleine Murray

Turquoise Parrot Kentlyn (approx 4 km east of Campbelltown)
Single bird seen at Peter Meadows Creek, Kentlyn (Waratah Road).
Michael Paul

Little Tern and Fairy Tern South Tuross Sandspit
A very successful season for the Little Terns and Fairy Terns breeding at Tuross this year. We had over 250 eggs and have so far counted 119 fledglings. Both Little Terns and Fairy Terns are sharing the colony.
Jo Lane NPWS Far Sth Coast Shorebird Recovery Coordinator

Mon 16 Jan Red-browed Treecreeper Bundanoon
An adult and imm. seen in spotted gum and ironbark habitat near sewage treatment plant and swamp by Ferndale Reserve. Not your typical RBT habitat. Other highlights (over three days of birding in this area): Latham's Snipe, White-necked Heron, Australasian Shoveler, White-throated Gerygone, Dusky Woodswallow, Leaden Flycatcher, White-throated Needletail (a flock of 20), Buff-banded Rail & Dollarbird.
Lorne Johnson

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Kentlyn (approx 4 km east of Campbelltown)
Two birds seen at Peter Meadows Creek, Kentlyn (Coral Road).
Michael Paul

Little Terns Burrill Lake Entrance
The 2 eggs that I reported 3-4 days ago of the pair of Little Terns at the entrance have hatched. Its the only successful pair that I know of along our local (Ulladulla Area) coast this year which is sad because of the huge success we had last year at L. Conjola and other spots
bob rusk

Wompoo Fruit-dove Blackbutt Street Wyoming (Ferntree Close Reserve)
heard calling from moist gully.
Warren Brown

White-winged Chough George Downes Dr Kulnura
Flock of 12 birds feeding on edge of road/farm.
Nick Carson

Rainbow bee-eater Brush Creek Rd, Cedar Brush Creek
Single bird on high powerlines
Nick Carson

Plumed Whistling Duck, Australian Hobby & Yellow-billed Spoonbill Pioneer Dairy Wetlands, Tuggerah (Restricted Access)
Highlights of a morning visit around 9 am to the Pioneer Dairy Wetlands at Tuggerah, was a single Plumed Whistling Duck, a single Yellow-billed Spoonbill,, a Hobby, a Black-shouldered Kite and a White-bellied Sea-Eagle and 4 Channel-billed Cuckoos.
John & Carole Carpenter, Christina Port & Alan Morris

Spotted Crake, Red-kneed Dotterel, Shoveler Tuiggerah STW Tuggerah
Highlights of a wet vsit to the Tuggerah STW around 11 am included one male Shoveler, 2 Red-kneed Dotterel, 1 Australian Spotted Crake, Black-winged Stilts, 2 Hoary-headed Grebe and many Grey Teal.
Alan Morris, Carole & John Carpenter

Great White Egret Annangrove NSW 2156
A large adult was spotted in our neighbour's dam (we live on semi-rural 5-acre blocks) this morning. Clear view through binoculars about 150m from our house. Flew away before I could get my camera.
Mario Galea

Sun 15 Jan Channel-billed Cuckoo Moore Park, Sydney
5 birds together, very vocal. Also an increase in vocal birds on the move elsewhere in inner city this past week. May be preparing to depart.
Eric Finley

Painted Honeyeater Binya State Forest
A single bird seen in area that juts out into farmland as reported on the 28/12/2011
Scott Ryan

Stubble Quail (several) South Street, Marsden Park (approx. 10 km W of Blacktown CBD)
Around the middle of the day I heard several Stubble Quail calling in paddoks at 2 locations beside South Street in Marsden Park. One was heard calling with Brown Quail at the same location as last weekend near Fulton Rd and several towards the end of the road (amongst a mob of Kanagroos) next to the large dam containing lots of water lilies. Also heard along this road were Rufous Songlarks and Restless Flycatcher.
Edwin Vella

Channel-billed Cuckoo Geehi, Kosciusko National Park
Two noisy Channel-billed Cuckoo flew (for want of a better term) through the Geehi campground - early morning.
Tim Dolby

Sat 14 Jan Eastern Yellow Wagtail Ash Island, Newcastle
One bird spotted on Wagtail Way, around midday
Catherine Farage

Fri 13 Jan Ground Parrot, King Quail, Australasian Bittern, Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters Mundeys Lane off Maria River Rd & Limeburners Ck NR, Port Macquarie
Single Ground Parrot and male King Quail flushed from private property, a group of Southern Emu-wrens, 2 Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, a Grey Goshawk and an Australasian Bittern seen from lane way. Also present Australian Pipit,, Black-shouldered Kite & Azure Kingfisher, Dollarbird.
Lindy Frost, Alan & Tim Morris,

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