Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
Date: 8 Sep 2014 07:44:44 +1000
   Birdline New South Wales

   Published sightings for the week ending 7 Sep 2014.

   Sun 7 Sep Cockatiel Agnes Banks, Hawkesbury
   Single bird near town likely escapee but wild/grey plumage
   Eric Finley
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills
   My first Channel-bill for the season for the season. Superb Lyrebird
   very vocal. Pair of Musk Lorikeet.. (Moderator's Note, this is the 8th
   report of a returning Channel-bill, after the 10th report we will no
   longer publish sightings of returning birds unless there is something
   special about the observation! Bring on the Koels! AKM.)
   Eric Finley
   White-throated Gerygone Lower Pappinbarra
   At 7:30am the first White-throated Gerygone of the season was heard
   calling here. Could have been earlier as I have been away a week.
   Ian Kerr
   White throated Gerygone King Creek, Wauchope
   My first White-throated Gerygone of the season heard this morning.
   Clive Meadows
   Sat 6 Sep Pallid Cuckoo Moree Common
   A Pallid Cuckoo was observed perched on a fence just after 9am, before
   it moved onto a haystack. The first cuckoo back.
   Curtis Hayne
   Swift Parrots North Richmond Terrace Road
   1.9 kilometres from Bells Line of Road. Still around 15 feeding on
   lerps either side of the road
   David Potter
   Eastern Osprey Soaring over Cobar, NSW
   Several bird watchers saw this Osprey soaring over water dams near
   Cobar, central NSW.
   Val Curtis
   Eastern Osprey Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
   Eastern Osprey fishing in shallow water over the reef. Success on its
   third attempt but then did not know where to go to eat its catch! Flew
   past twice, providing outstanding views. Also two Black-browed
   Albatrosses, two Pacific Golden Plovers, two Ruddy Turnstones, two
   Double-banded Plovers, 5 Sooty Oystercatchers and 15 Red-necked Stints
   Nicholas Beswick
   Blue Petrel, Northern Royal Albatross, Cape Petrel Wollongong Pelagic
   Impromptu pelagic this weekend to fill up extra spots after a TAFE
   course booked half the boat. 1 Blue Petrel sat behind the boat for over
   an hour (exceptional views) and a Northern Royal Albatross put in an
   appearance for 10 minutes. On arrival at the shelf, numerous albatross
   were banded, and a single Cape Petrel flew past, notable as this has
   become a rare bird in NSW recently. Buller's Albatross and White-faced
   Storm Petrel also notable. [Moderator's note (NH): Sightings of Blue
   Petrel and Northern Royal Albatross should be submitted to NSW ORAC.]
   Joshua Bergmark, Lindsay Smith, Ashwin Rudder, David Rudder, et. al
   Collared Sparrowhawk Bundanoon
   Above Shangri la Road's paddocks this morning I watched a Collared
   Sparrowhawk twice dart into a large flock of European Starlings which
   were flying high. The raptor was unsuccessful in its attempts to kill.
   Amazing stuff. Other noteworthy birds in area: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Grey
   Goshawk, Black-fronted Dotterel, Brown Gerygone, 2 Richard's Pipits and
   Lorne Johnson
   Fri 5 Sep Channel-billed Cuckoo Woodfield Avenue Bundeena
   We both just heard the distinctive call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo.
   Deryk Engel and Stephen Bloomfield
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Balmain
   Heard the first Channel-billed Cuckoo of the season at Balmain this
   morning (7.30am)
   Robert Griffin
   Thu 4 Sep Magpie Goose, Royal Spoonbill Pacific Highway, Clarenza
   8 Geese on small wetland roosting with one Spoonbill.
   Greg Clancy & Warren Thompson
   Leaden Flycatcher Near Crowsnest Swamp, Smalls Forest, near Pillar
   Female plumaged bird in eucalypt. Observer's first record of this
   species for season.
   Greg Clancy
   Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
   I arrived at 6.30am Thursday the 4/9/2014. The Citrine Wagtail was
   sighted at approximately 7am on the mud flat in front of the wooden
   hide. It stayed there for 10 minutes before being chased off by a red
   kneed dotteral. As i was leaving the bird was seen again near the
   viewing area above the old 44 gallon drum. It stayed there for 5
   minutes before flying off to the opposite of the wetlands. I left
   shortly after it flew off.
   Michael Crosland
   Red-necked Avocet Ash Island (Hexham)
   Approximately 450 Red-necked Avocet on the Swan Pond at Ash Island.
   Other highlights were numerous Grey Fantails at the picnic area at the
   river end of The Lane, and a Swamp Harrier along Ramsar Rd.
   Roger and Bev Giller
   Wandering Albatross Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
   Wandering Albatross and at least two Black-browed Albatrosses heading
   south. On the rocks: one Pacific Golden Plover, one Double-banded
   Plover, 2 Grey-tailed Tattlers, 6 Ruddy Turnstones, 2 Sooty
   Oystercatchers and 20 Red-necked Stints. Also, White-bellied Sea Eagle
   and Kestrel
   Nicholas Beswick
   Wed 3 Sep White-headed Petrel, Great-winged Petrel and Wandering (type)
   Albatross Mistral Pt, Maroubra
   40 Great-winged Petrel (including a group of 18 together), 1
   White-headed Petrel, 1 Wandering Albatross, 1 Giant Petrel (sp) 6
   Black-browed Albatross and a few Shy Albatross all seen today. Only
   very small numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, less than 40.
   David Mitford
   Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
   Pleased to say that the wagtail is still present. Thanks to the sharp
   eyes of Adrian Boyle, the bird was located in the scope on the right
   hand side of the wetlands looking from the Bird hide near the old
   quarry truck about 7.30am. It was feeding on the shoreline. To our
   great enjoyment, it flew across the water straight towards us where it
   landed on a rock nearby and preened for about 3-4 minutes, allowing us
   excellent views. It was also pleasing to note that the birders who
   arrived afterwards did not harass the bird by getting too close.
   [Moderator's note (NH): The Citrine Wagtail was also reported by Graham
   Blackwell, Alec Gillespie and Mark Leary, who also noted a male
   Collared Sparrowhawk (when it flew over the Citrine Wagtail flattened
   itself on the mud), an Australian Crake, and a Spotted Harrier at the
   southern end of Lake Windermere.]
   Bernie OKeefe
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Eulah Creek
   Despite the current cold spell inland, heard the first Channel-billed
   Cuckoo this morning at 7:30 (no photo), after hearing some kind of
   Bronze-Cuckoo last week. Today also heard the first faint chirps coming
   out of our local Welcome Swallow nest. Found a piece of discarded egg
   shell too.
   Michael Dahlem
   Tue 2 Sep Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
   Citrine Wagtail seen well this morning (6:45-8:30am), on the mudflat in
   front of the bird hide. It was chased by a Red-kneed Dotterel and flew
   out of view, but returned a few minutes later. Still present at dusk
   today. Heavy showers did not stop the bird feeding and chasing off
   other passerines which came too close. Also a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
   and Crested Shrike-tit in the reeds in front of the hide. (The Citrine
   Wagtail also made a late and brief appearance the previous evening at
   Max de Beer, Andrew Stafford, David Mitford
   Mon 1 Sep Buff-banded Rail Lane Cove National Park
   During spotlighting last night, one Buff-banded Rail was continuosly
   calling near the camping ground at the end of Plassey Road, edge of the
   Fatih Sam
   Wedge-tailed Eagle Castlereagh
   This afternoon I located the female of my local eagle pair with last
   year's young perching in a large tree along Castlereagh Road.
   Akos Lumnitzer
   Swift Parrot Deep Water Park Milperra
   A single Swift Parrot flew over Blue Gum Farm at about 8 am and at
   about 8:30 3 flew in and landed in emergent red gums before
   disappearing in flowering Blue Box. Could be more, but difficult to
   find amongst hundreds of raucus Musk Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds,
   scores of Rainbow Lorikeets (nesting) and tens of Scaly-breasted
   Lorikeets (also nesting). A male Australian Hobby was inspecting an old
   corvid nest, perhaps thinking about nesting? Single adult Nankeen Night
   Heron on the island in the first pond. Loads of honeyeater too.
   David James
   Oriental Cuckoo Cremorne Point
   Saw a Oriental Cuckoo (female/hepatic) this morning whilst on the way
   to catch the ferry to work. Flew from a tree beside the path being
   harassed by Australian Magpies and flew into adjacent trees near the
   toilet block on the point. Not bad for the first day of spring.
   Simon Blanchflower
   Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetland, Mudgee
   Seen over the course of several hours from dawn onwards. Easily viewed
   and obliging. Also sighted Plum-headed Finches at the site from where
   we were looking at the wagtail.
   Rowan Mott
   Sun 31 Aug Variegated Fairy-wren Chiltern Rd Ingleside
   Male near to full breeding plumage, attracted to wing mirror of car
   parked just beyond (north of) the gate to the main Chiltern Trail,
   constantly hopping up and down in response to reflection. Found doing
   it again the following day, may represent an ethical birding issue if
   close to nest site, other cars parked nearby did not seem to provoke
   this behaviour. Other species noted along trail: Yellow-tufted
   Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Little Wattlebird, but no Regent.
   Jeff Melvaine
   Rainbow Bee-eater Main Beach, Byron Bay
   4 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen over the eastern end of Main Beach this
   Ian Kerr
   Swift Parrot Dunheved Golf Course (near St Marys)
   This morning, I spent an hour or so walking around the edge of Dunheved
   Golf course near St Marys and hoping to see the Emu that Mark had seen
   on Friday. I did not see the Emu but was quite impressed with the
   numbers of birds about where were the abundance of privot in fruit
   could have partly explained this. Silvereyes (both the resident and
   tassie migrants) were in abundance and there were also quite a number
   of Olive-backed Orioles as well as at least a couple of Figbirds. Other
   birds present included Bar-shouldered Doves, Azure Kingfisher, Brown
   Goshawk, Satin Bowerbird, Brown Gerygones, Varied Sitellas but best of
   all were at least 12 Swift Parrots (and there could have been more)
   foraging for lerps in the eucalypts.
   Edwin Vella
   Sat 30 Aug Citrine Wagtail Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
   Managed to see and photograph the Citrine Wagtail after only about an
   hour or so of waiting at the bird hide (thanks to all the other birders
   present for the helpful advice!).
   Carl Corden
   Tue 26 Aug White-throated Gerygone Caniaba, Lismore NSW
   WTG arrived 26/8,i while last flowering of Ironbark (E. crebra)
   continues attracting Yellow-faced HE along with Scarlet HE, although
   gradually being replaced by Silvereye (cornwalli) flocks >10 and
   Lewin's HE. On 28/8 following heavy rain, flowering Hard Quandong
   (Eleocarpus obovatus) tree caused feeding frenzy of Scarlet HE, with
   squabbling pairs regularly falling to the ground. On 26/8, Rufous
   Fantail also returned.
   paul griffin
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