Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 31 Aug 2014.
Sun 31 Aug Glossy Black Cockatoo, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Warbler,
Fuscous Honeyeater Patonga and environs
Nice views of four Glossy Black Cockatoos in casuarinas half a
kilometre up the Great North Walk from Patonga. Distant photos
attached. Further along the track near Warrah Trig and the adjacent
coastal lookout (which has great views of the Lower Hawkesbury and
Barrenjoey), we saw a single Rock Warbler (a reliable spot for this
species) and a single Peregrine Falcon. Also saw four Fuscous
Honeyaters, the first time I have seen this species in this area,
probably having walked this track atleast 15 times over the last twenty
years. Wildflowers and HE's in profusion.
Cameron Ward, Janette Ward
Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Seen by lots of people today up to the time we left at about 1 pm.
Seems to be in worn adult female summer plumage. The very worn wing
coverts make the double wingbars very narrow, suggesting it migrated
here before moulting. Interesting plumage features include: dark-spoted
necklace between the yellow throat and white breast; mirky ear-coverts
patch; scaly grey mantle and scapulars (dark centres graduating to
paler edges); grey flanks but yellow thighs. It looks very comfortable
and settled, but it does like to work a lot of the shoreline, moving
around regularly. Noted one avid photographer who moved down from the
banks into the shoreline habitat that the bird sometimes frequents, but
he moved back when I asked him too. I hope others can be patient and
put the bird's comfort before their own need to get better photos. I
think this bird may hang around and moult if it feels comfortable. Sure
David James, Brigitte Dawson, Ian McAllan and others
Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands Mudgee
Wagtail seen by 15+ observers between 8.00 and 8.30 and still showing
well when we left. Please note there are two hides at the wetlands and
the wagtail is seen from the one on the quarry track not the one that
is sign posted.
Allan Benson, Alan Morris and Mike Kuhl
Brush Bronzewing Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
In addition to Henry Coleman's report from yesterday, I saw two Brush
Bronzewings today and on the 2nd and the 3rd of this month I saw one in
the same area (near the large bridge and freshwater pond)
Square-tailed Kite Warden Head, Ulladulla
A STK was seen this morning sailing along the escarpment at app 11am.
There was possibly 2 but I didn't get a good look at the other bird
which could have been the commoner W B Sea Eagle. This is the first
sighting for me this season but Mike Jefferis has seen two, on seperate
occasions, flying along the escarpment at Rennie's Beach last week.
Kelp Gull, Pacific Golden Plover Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
2 Kelp Gulls sitting in with a large (200+) mixed roost of Silver Gulls
and Crested Terns on the SE corner of the reef flat approx 7am. All the
birds were flushed off the reef flat by some surfers crossing out to
the end and the 2 Kelp Gulls appeared to head off south. Also one
Pacific Golden Plover seen on the reef flat, together with 15 Sooty
Oystercatchers, 6 Ruddy Turnstones and approx 20 Red-necked Stint.
Sat 30 Aug Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail was seen by a number of observers between 12:15 and
about 1:45pm, it was flitting quickly between locations, and foraging
in the muddy edges. I am not aware of it being seen for the following
hour or so. Many photos much better than mine were taken. Despite the
warning sign I almost stepped on a brown snake, so tread carefully.
70 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Great Knot, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler
Mixed goup of waders observed 'roosting' approx 100m west of Yamba
Tavern on flats near mangrove on banks of Clarence River. Most of the
usual wader locations inundated by extremely high tide.
Darryl and Gary Eggins
White-headed Petrel, Great-winged Petrel, Buller's Albatross
Wattamolla.Royal National Park.
Highlights from a seawatch today from Wattamolla was a White- headed
Petrel.about 40 Great-winged Petrels.5 Buller's Albatross including 2
juveniles 1 Wandering type Albatross,2 Fairy Prions and 2 Brown Skuas.
Citrine Wagtail, Plum-headed Finch, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Little
Eagle Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
Besides the Citrine Wagtail (which showed well up to at least 3:30 pm),
there were also 3 Plum-headed Finches around the wetland, a pair of
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes (both light and dark-morph birds) and a
Edwin Vella, Mark Fuller et al
Citrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC) Putta Bucca Wetlands,
The Citrine Wagtail was present this morning at 7.30am in front of the
Richard Baxter (posted on Birding-Aus)
Black-necked Stork Ellalong Lagoon, Paxton
A female Black-necked Stork was seen today on the far side of Ellalong
Christina Port and participents with Follow that bird
Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe Penrith Regatta Center
A Little Egret was hunting on the southernmost edge of the racing lake,
near the security station end in the company of a breeding Royal
Spoonbill. About 30 meters beyond, there were two adult Great Crested
Grebes diving, looking for food. I've never seen the grebes in this
close and on this very lake. They tend to be on the less people
inhabited water bodies.
Brush Bronzewing, Black Bittern Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
On this cool and rainy day, a Brush Bronzewing was on the pipeline
track around midday. I haven't seen Brush Bronzewings at Deep Creek for
years; since the area around the pipeline track was weeded, and I'd
thought they'd left the area. Good to know there's still at least one
around. I wonder if others have seen any more recently? Also saw a
Black Bittern which was nice :) . A nice pair of Azure Kingfishers near
the dog park, and a vocal female Lyrebird.
Australian Koel Kingsford, Sydney
Male Australian Koel calling for a few minutes at about 10.30am. The
first of the season. Cold, rainy, day.
Fri 29 Aug Swift Parrot, Black-necked Stork McPherson Rd Swamp,
A pair of Swift Parrots were disturbed from the only flowering Swamp
Mahogany at this site located behind the houses, and they flew past in
front of me. Also present was the immature Black-necked Stork but
following heavy rain, the wetland is full and the Freckled Ducks would
appear to have departed,. Tawny Grassbirds and a Black-shouldered Kite
were the only other significant birds present.
Regent Honeyeater Giants Creek (Upper Hunter Valley)
At least 4 Regents still present in flowering ironbark (spp.) along
Giants Creek Road. Many of the smaller HE's seem to have left the site
and there are not as many Noisy Friars (and no Red Wattlebirds now).
Still plenty of Fuscous and Spiny-cheeks present however. Also 3
White-winged Trillers, a family of 4 Hooded Robins and many
Citrine Wagtail (probable) Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
We got brief views of the wagtail that was reported yesterday.
Unfortunately the light was failing but the bird was clearly a
Motacilla wagtail. We will go back in the morning to try for a better
Frank Antram with Chris Cott
Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
The Citrine Wagtail found and reported yesterday by Sue Chatfield was
present at the same location today. I arrived at 0830 but it took about
15 minutes to get onto the bird. Kurtis and then (a pretty excited)
John arrived soon after. The best strategy is to position one's self in
the hide and scan the far shoreline, in particular a section on the
right-hand side of the shoreline at the base of a fallen dead she-oak
that is splayed out. The wag favoured this area for foraging for quite
some time this morning. If the bird is not immediately obvious just
wait for movement as it can disappear behind rocks and weeds. It also
occasionally visited the muddy patch closer to the hide, as well as the
narrow 'levy' of rocky substrate that separates the main body of water
to the one behind (to the left of its 'favourite' spot). Twice it was
seen to fly into dead trees, once in response to a Peregrine circling
high above. There were numerous occasions where we lost sight of the
bird but it wasn't long before it reappeared, so be patient. I
understand that it was seen late this afternoon by a local birder and I
would imagine that there will be plenty of people there over the
weekend (a scope is advisable for scanning the far shore but you may
get away without one over the weekend).
Mick Roderick, Kurtis Lindsay and John Weigel
Rufous Whistler Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
A single male Rufous Whistler was seen at 1:35pm on the Western side of
the park just north of the Guide Hall.
Red-rumped Parrot and Glossy Black-Cockatoos (4) Oatlands NSW and
An interesting day - I saw 2 Red-rumped Parrots feeding at Oatlands NSW
(photo included - you may need to zoom in to top right as it was taken
by phone of bird in flight). Later this afternoon - 4 Glossy
Black-Cockatoos in my garden at Tascott feeding - just departed at
dusk. I have noticed a regular pattern with the Glossy Black-Cockatoos
in recent years - they spend a lot of time feeding in the area from
late August to end October and return to feed in March and April - we
see them in Summer too but they only pass occasionally and tend not to
feed for long periods as they do in the aforementioned months.
Baillon's Crake Fivebough Wetlands Leeton
A single bird clearly seen this morning along with 4 Spotted Crake.
Spotless Crake were calling in the cumbungi but not showing. This is
the first Baillon's seen this season - the first last year wasn't
recorded until 21 September! Also a male Musk Duck was displaying in
the settling ponds.
Emu Dunheved Golf Course, St Marys
Good numbers of Olive-backed Orioles and Australasian Figbirds were
feeding on privet berries, along with small flocks of Silvereyes. An
Emu was also feeding on the berries and had been present for some time
judging by the amount of berry-laden scat present. Probably an escapee
from the captive group on a nearby housing development. I'm not sure
what the status of these remaining individuals is, a starting point for
a wild population of Sydney?
Topknot Pigeon Pelican Flat
Topknot Pigeons feeding in cabbage palms along Soldiers Road
White-headed Pigeon Belmont Central
White-headed Pigeon feeding in camphor laurels opposite Belmont TAFE in
old school grounds
Pacific Baza Terrys Creek Parklands
Vimiera Park Also in adjoining residential trees of tall eucalypts
Vimiera Road & Essex Street. Found regularly here the whole month of
August this year.
Thu 28 Aug Citrine Wagtail (Subject to submission to BARC) Putta Bucca
A single Citrine Wagtail was sighted this morning walking along the
shoreline in front of the reed bed near the first bird hide (near the
truck). It was seen twice and then lost to view. On checking form the
other side it was not to be seen. A pair of Red-kneed Dotterels had
been chasing a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels in the same area.
Pink-eared and Pacific Black Ducks, Grey and Chestnut Teal and
Australian Shovelers were on the water. [Moderator's note (NH):
Sightings of Citrine Wagtail should be submitted to BARC. So far only
three Citrine Wagtails have been accepted by BARC: Botany Bay, NSW,
1962; Goolwa, SA, 1987; Christmas Island, 2009.]
Red-necked Avocet Lake Rd, Tuggerah Lake, Central Coast
Around 40 Red-necked Avocets end lake rd
Wed 27 Aug Regent Bowerbird Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Regent Bowerbird an altitudinal nomad, left this week for highland
forest having arrived in May. Note the yellow eye of the imm. male,
which differs from the dark (brown) eye of the female.
Wandering Albatross and thousands of Fluttering-type Shearwaters North
One Wandering Albatross, 6 Shy & ~15 Black-browed Albatross plus many
thousands of Fluttering-type Shearwaters [Moderator's note (NH):
According to Ivan's description they were likely Fluttering
Shearwaters. However, due to the current preponderance of Hutton's
Shearwaters in the area, I was hesitant regarding the identification on
White-headed Pigeon Turramurra station
Two White-headed Pigeons on power lines at north end of station approx
Mon 25 Aug Pacific Baza Korora
Adult bird, flew around various trees in garden emerged landed on
Frangipani with a small green tree frog in its beak. Then using its
claws held it and consumed it. It hung around for about 30 minutes.
Sun 24 Aug White-headed Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-dove Epping
At least 50 White-headed Pigeons flew low overhead at the corner of
Derby& Somerset St. 8 came down to perch on powerlines and at least 25
roosted on the corner of Sutherland Rd on the other side of the M2. The
rest kept flying. Several Brown Cuckoo-doves also feeding in Privet at
the same site and a further 9 seen at Sutherland Rd.
Jenny & Rod Stiles
Noisy Pitta, White-eared Monarch Iluka Nature Reserve
One Noisy Pitta heard calling during day. This was the only one heard
in Reserve over three days possibly due to wet weather or possibly
others had returned to their breeding areas. One White-eared Monarch
heard calling briefly.
Swift Parrot St Clair
Saw 2 Swift Parrots, with several other similar sized birds hiding from
view, feeding in a gumtree around 2pm. Stayed for well over 30 minutes
before taking off. One adult and one that looked juvenile in
Sat 23 Aug Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove Iluka Nature Reserve
One Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove heard calling briefly during break in rain.
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (BARC submission in prep), White-headed
Petrel Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
Highlights of the Saturday pelagic were: 1 Atlantic Yellow-nosed
Albatross (BARC submission in prep), 2 White-headed Petrels and 15-20
Pygmy Killer Whales. Attached photos by Duade Paton. A detailed trip
report will be posted on the SOSSA website soon.
Nikolas Haass and all on the Sandra K
Fri 22 Aug Noisy Pitta Bundjalung National Park--Woody Head
Noisy Pitta heard calling at night, also at night on 23 August. One
observed flying across Woody Head access road on 25 August.
Square-tailed Kite Ananngrove NSW
A single adult Square-tailed Kite hunting by circling along the trees
along the ridge of Shoplands Road. Almost becoming 'common' here this
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