Published sightings for the week ending 24 Jun 2012.
|Sun 24 Jun
Maroubra Cliff tops, Marine Parade
Single bird flying close to the cliff tops. Also huge numbers of BB Albatross close in today too.
Drummoyne (Iron Cove, west side)
Single bird at waters edge close to Henley Marine Drive at approx. 11.00 AM. A change from Godwits at this location.
|Sat 23 Jun
||Glossy Black Cockatoo
Amethyst Ave, Pearl Beach
Thanks for Charles Hunter's information, I found 1 Glossy Black 150m from the end of Amethyst ave 8:30am. He's busy feeding on casuarina trees. He was still there when I left at 13:30.
Two, possibly three noisy birds seen around the Pooncarie hall, a long way south of their normal range. Also White-backed Swallows, White-fronted Honeyeater and Yellow Thornbill
Burns bay, lane cove
One bird was hunting over trees this afternoon. Stayed in the area for over 2 hours, without much care to harassing magpies and masked plovers.
|Fri 22 Jun
||Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Orange Chat & Chestnut-crowned Babbler
Morden HSD 160 Km SSE Tibooburra
Pair CQT seen at the side of the road, 2 prs of Orange Chats, and a group of 9 Chestnut-crowned Babblers in the vicinty, another 4 Quail-thrushes seen nearby, also Pipit and Zebra Finch and Wedge-tailed Eagle
Steven Edwards and Alan Morris
|Wed 20 Jun
Nice to see four of theses seldom reported birds, one individual singing for 20 mins from a bough 10metres distant whilst I did a survey.
3 in the Cemetery on Sackville Ferry Road Nth Sackville and the singing one half way up the hill Maraylya end of Mud Island Road Nth Sackville.
||Buff-banded Rail, Nankeen Night Heron
Nurragingy Res, Doonside, Blacktown
A short visit to the reserve (just before closing gate) produced a family of Buff-banded Rail (running like chooks near the old blacksmith's shed). I counted 5 birds.. I also found 2 juv Nankeen Night Heron roosting near the pond.
||Square-tailed Kite, Chestnut-breasted Manikin
Windsor turf farms (near Corvallis Rd), Windsor
Two Square-taile Kites were soaring over a rugby field near Corvallis Rd. they are probably nesting somewhere in this area. I've seen them many times there over last few years. I found a small fock (5 birds) of Chestnut-breasted Manikins among othe finches ( mostly European Goldfinches) feeding on weeds on vegetable patches.
||Yellow-billed Spoonbill, White-necked Heron, Swam Harrier, Restless Flycatcher
Castlereagh, Smith Rd (north of Penrith Lakes)
I stopped on Smith Rd (Castlereagh) to investigate a large flock of water birds roosting and feeding on the flooded pasture. Among ducks and ibises there were also White-necked Heron (2), Yellow-billed Spoonbills (4), Royal Spoonbill (24). A large Swamp Harrier appeared and started to harass all water birds. At the end of the road (near river) there were 9 very noisy Restless Flycatchers continuously feeding on flying insects
||Regent Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Rose Robin, Beautiful Firetail
Agnes Banks NR, Castlereagh, West Sydney
Two Regent Honeyeaters were feeding with the flock of Brown-headed Honeyeaters and Fuscous Honeyeater. I was suprised. There were no flowering gum trees around. I found 8 Rose Robins, all males very brightly coloured. The nicest suprise - one Beautiful Firetail was feeding at the edge of pathway. I did not expect to find them at Agnes Banks NR.
|Tue 19 Jun
A pair of Osprey over the reef late this morning, drifting off to the north in the strong westerly wind - had seen one here a few times but never a pair. On the reef the winter usuals (shorebirds comprised a couple of Double-banded Plovers, a few Red-necked Stints, a Sooty Oystercatcher and one lonely Turnstone). Several Black-browed Albatross and 4 White-fronted Terns just off the reef and further offshore many Black-browed, several Yellow-nosed and a Shy Albatross, 2 Brown Skuas, several small flocks of Fluttering Shearwaters, one Hutton's closer in and a Short-tailed Shearwater.
|Mon 18 Jun
||Eastern Reef Egret
Boora Pt, Malabar
I was actually looking for Whales but the birding was more rewarding.I saw a pair of grey morph Reef Egrets on shelf rocks below cliff head. Also seen at Malabar -2 Richard's Pipits, hundreds of Common Starling, hundreds of New Holland Honeyeaters, Golden Cisticolas and a fox
3 pairs seen feeding loudly (6 birds in total) in separate casuarina trees at the start of the Green Point Waterfall track (which starts at the end of Amethyst Street) at 3pm.
|Sun 17 Jun
Pye Rd, Quakers Hill (approx. 6km north of Blacktown CBD)
I was delighted to see an adult Spotted Harrier fly low across the Pye Rd and into someone's property (not far from Corbin Reserve). This is the 3rd time I have seen a Spotted Harrier within a km from this area over the last 3 years and I am very surprised to see them yet again turning up in tidy suburban areas!
Rickards Rd, Castlereagh (western Sydney)
We briefly checked the Castlereagh / Londonderry area for any flowering eucalypts but there was none to be noticed. However the highlight was hearing a Beautiful Firetail call 3 times beside Rickards Rd. Unfortunately it could not be seen but may have been associating with Red-browed Finches which were calling here at the same time. I recall Keith Brandwood seeing a Beautiful Firetail some time ago at nearby Agnes Banks NR and these are the only 2 records that I know of for western Sydney.
Edwin Vella and Mark Fuller
|Sat 16 Jun
||White-phase Grey Goshawk; Buff-banded Rail; Scarlet Honeyeater
Warriewood Wetlands, Sydney
On a Birding NSW field outing, everybody had great views of the Goshawk obligingly perched nearby. Blossom on many of the Swamp Mahoganies attracted many Scarlet Honeyeaters and Musk Lorikeets. The Rail was seen well feeding along a drain in Irrawong reserve. A male Rose Robin was also reported.
|Fri 15 Jun
'The Pass', Rocky Shorelines around Cape Byron, Northern NSW
Some still hanging around if you look hard enough around the rocky shorelines, 2 were around all last winter, can be a bonus this time of year. Plenty of Australian Gannets in last couple months
I was closing a window in a classroom (at Magdalene Catholic High School, where I work) and happened to see a Peregrine Falcon hurtling past, flying about four feet above the oval's grass. I've never seen a PG fly so close to the ground. Beaut stuff.