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
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.)
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.
White throated Gerygone King Creek, Wauchope
My first White-throated Gerygone of the season heard this morning.
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.
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
Eastern Osprey Soaring over Cobar, NSW
Several bird watchers saw this Osprey soaring over water dams near
Cobar, central NSW.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.]
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rainbow Bee-eater Main Beach, Byron Bay
4 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen over the eastern end of Main Beach this
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.
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!).
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.
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