Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 21 Sep 2014.
Sun 21 Sep Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Brush Bronzewing, Black Bittern,
Spangled Drongo Deep Creek
A great morning on the PNHA Deep Creek outing with many birds seen
including a single Shining Bronze-Cuckoo was seen near the beginning of
the track whislt a single Black Bittern and Spangled Drongo were seen
about 500m into the trail near the large stand of Cabbage Tree palms.
Also an Eastern Rosella inspecting a hollow, a single White Headed
Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo Dove and a Tawny Frogmouth on a nest.
White-throated Gerygone Scheyville National Park - Longneck Lagoon
Saw/heard at least ten White-throated Gerygones today on the main track
in and the gas pipe track. Also saw several Fri 12 Sept at Mulgoa Rsv .
Pic of one of today's birds obtained.
Little Curlew (Subject to submission to NSW ORAC) Stockton Sandspit
Solitary Little Curlew present this afternoon, easy to compare with the
many Easter Curlews and the few Whimbrels present. [Moderator's note
(NH): Sightings of Little Curlews should be submitted to NSW ORAC.
Please be aware that a pair of Pied Oystercatchers are nesting in the
lagoon at the sandspit. Please obey the signs that are in place and do
not disturb these endangered birds that already face a number of
disturbances at this site.]
Dollarbird Richmond Vale (Lower Hunter Valley)
Today Dan Williams and I saw our first Dollarbird for the Hunter Valley
this season at Richmond Vale. Reporting it here as there do not seem to
be any NSW reports of Dollarbirds thus far. I heard from Simon Gorta
that he had one at Hawks Nest today too. (My first Dollarbird last year
was from Shortland on the 21st Sept also). There was also a Pallid
Cuckoo not far from the Dollarbird site.The Cessnock woodlands are now
full of White-throated Gerygones and we had a single Leaden Flycatcher
today as well.
Mick Roderick and Dan Williams
Rufous Songlark, Tawny Grassbird, Zebra Finch Richmond Lowlands
In Onus Lane this afternoon we had 13 Zebra Finches, at least two Tawny
Grassbirds and one Rufous Songlark (heard calls clearly).
Akos and Donata Lumnitzer
Brahminy Kite Lake Munmorah SCA - Snapper Point
Two immature Brahminy Kites near Snapper Point. Frustratingly had my
wide angle lens on so only managed a couple of poor ID shots before
they were gone. The other bird was directly into the sun but I'm quite
certain it was also an immature bird.
White-throated Gerygone South Coffs Harbour-Toormina
One White-throated Gerygone heard singing; first returns for the area.
Glossy Black-Cockatoo 11a Dirigeree Road Nelson Bay NSW
One adult male Glossy Black-Cockatoo feeding on she-oak in backyard
bordering water board land/national park.
Sat 20 Sep Latham's Snipe La Perouse [Botany Bay NP]
Flushed from the edge of a rivulet almost opposite the cottages at the
12th hole of the golf course [2 p.m]
Latham's Snipe (2), Little Lorikeet, Brown Goshawk (2), Dusky
Woodswallow (2) Mt Annan Botanical Gardens
2 Latham's Snipe at the larger top pond. Little Lorikeet (many)
including some checking out tree hollows. Pair of Dusky Woodswallows
also seen and pair of Brown Goshawk circling over the woodland creek
walk. Plenty of Striated Pardalotes and an echidna there too. Tree
Martins have returned to nest in the big gum just beyond the first
entry roundabout. A dozen Satin Bowerbirds (mostly females/imm) feeding
on figs in the main gardens was also good to see.
White-throated Gerygone Valery, Valery Rd
First White-throated Gerygone for season. Valery is about 10 km inland.
Varied Sittella, Pacific Baza, Restless Flycatcher, Leaden Flycatcher
South Grafton Water Reserve (Abattoir TSR)
4 Varied Sittellas in mixed feeding flock with White-throated Gerygone,
White-throated Honeyeater, Golden Whistler, Leaden Flycatcher,
Black-faced Monarch etc. 1 Restless Flycatcher nearby. Adult Pacific
Baza soaring over canopy then flew up and performed undulating display.
Greg Clancy, Alan Pilkington
Australian Koel Hawks Nest
Australian Koels continue to arrive back at their summer haunts with
one heard this evening. Not many reports about yet this season.
Simon Gorta per Ashwin Rudder
Pacific Baza, Grey Goshawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle Devlin Rd, Castleraegh
A single Pacific Baza on w bank of river, performing tumbling display
flight. Also present one Grey Goshawk and pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles.
At nearby Agnes Banks NR several breeding pairs of Spotted Pardalote
and several Striated Pardalotes also seen.
Rainbow Bee-eater, White-throated Gerygone, Grey Goshawk, White-bellied
Cuckoo-shrike Cattai National Park
Both Rainbow Bee-eaters and White-throated Gerygones have now returned
to the Hawkesbury. At least one Grey Goshawk seen and a dark morph
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike and a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles seen
displaying over Cattai NP.
Edwin Vella and Follow That Bird
Channel-billed Cuckoo, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Black-faced Monarch,
Black-chinned Honeyeater South Grafton Water Reserve (Abattoir TSR)
Channel-billed Cuckoo and Little Bronze-Cuckoo heard calling, 2
Black-faced Monarchs observed (observer's first local records of these
migrants this season), 3+ Black-chinned Honeyeaters heard calling, 1
Greg Clancy & Alan Pilkington
Chestnut Teal, Little Eagle Cotton Farm, Ashley
A Little Eagle was observed above a farm irrigation dam for about 10
minutes. This is the first sighting at this location and first time we
have seen this species over water. A single male Chestnut Teal was
observed among tens of Grey Teal in an irrigation dam. This is also the
first sighting at this location and a very unusual sighting for this
area and habitat as it is an artificial dam.
Curtis Hayne and Ainslee Lines
Ground Cuckoo-shrike Eulah Creek
Hadn't seen or heard any for a while, but this morning 3 Ground
Cuckoo-shrikes landed in short grass on our property, calling all the
time (no photo taken). In the past I considered myself lucky to see
them somewhere in the North-West about once a year. Now there have been
6 or 7 sightings in less than a year, all here on our small property at
Black-fronted Dotterel Glenbrook Lagoon
I was alerted to this species at the lagoon by Debbie Harris. First
time I have seen or heard of them there in at least ten years. They
could easily have been passed over as Masked Lapwing chicks.
Powerful Owl King Creek, Wauchope
Heard calling at 4:30am.
Fri 19 Sep Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Channel-billed Cuckoo Mulgoa
2 two Yellow-billed Spoonbills were wading in our damn for a few hours
in the morning. I spotted two Channel Billed Cuckoos in my mulberry
tree on our property. I see them every year when the mulberries start
Leaden Flycatchers, Rufous Whistler, Glossy Black-Cockatoo,
White-throated Nightjar Yuraygir National park (near Station Creek)
Minimum 7 Leaden Flycatchers along 2.5. km of fire trail, along with 2+
Rufous Whistlers, and group of 5 Glossy Black-Cockatoos. Many
White-breasted Woodwallows and Rainbow Bee-eaters over heathland with
many emergent pines and paperbarks. After dark, 2 White-throated
Nightjars heard (1 seen), and 2 Owlet-nightjars also heard
Leaden Flycatcher Sawtell
First return for season here.
Michael Cheers & Peter Higgins
Black-faced Monarch, White-breasted Woodswallow, Whiskered Tern Cattai
One Black-faced Monarch; 4 White-breasted Woodswallows hawking over the
lake. Also 2 Eastern Shrike-tits, 2 Tawny Grassbirds and one Shining
Bronze-cuckoo. Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage at nearby Cattai
Creek ponds, viewed from Harrington Road.
Black-faced Monarch Caniaba, Lismore NSW
Returning.Observed in euc. woodland with camphor laurel understorey,
foraging around edge of canopy at middle height on sunlit side,
regularly emerging from canopy to survey and chase insects.
Thu 18 Sep White-throated Nightjar, Eastern Ground Parrot Yuraygir
National Park (near Brooms Head)
Single White-throated Nightjar seen over heath, and a number of Eastern
Ground Parrots heard.
Square-tailed Kite Sydney Olympic Park--Lake Belvedere
During a visit to Lake Belvedere, we were very surprised to see a
single Square-tailed Kite being harassed by an Australian Raven. Took a
quick shot for id purposes, heavily cropped. The Square-tailed Kite has
a distinctive right wing, missing some primaries. Never seen this
species in the area previously.
Stephen Davey, Shirley Clarke
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Latham's Snipe, Common Blackbird Eastlakes golf
3 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper were seen in the small pond. Only 2 Latham's
Snipes today. The Common Blackbird was in the same location as last
week, singing very loudly
Pink-eared Duck Badgerys Swamp, Waterview, near Grafton
3 Pink-eared Ducks loafing in shallows of wetland.
Greg Clancy, Alan & Wendy Pilkington
Red-backed Kingfisher Rushforth Road, South Grafton
Red-backed Kingfisher perched on powerline first observed by Alan then
viewed and photographed by the three of us. Observer's (GC) 2nd record
for Clarence Valley in 36 years and only one other Valley record - a
bird 6 Km E of Grafton in Oct 2002 (Peter Morgan).
Alan & Wendy Pilkington, Greg Clancy
Latham's Snipe Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee
A single Latham's Snipe sighted to the left of the bird hide (one
closest to the quarry truck) in the small bay area below the seat. A
pair of Crested Shrike-tits also observed in the trees to the left past
the quarry truck as we walked into the hide.
Magpie Goose, Little Grassbird Narrabri Lake
Update on the Magpie Goose population at Narrabri Lake - counted about
90 this morning (the photo shows only part of the mob). Also heard at
least 3 Little Grassbirds calling from reeds.
Scarlet Honeyeater Sydney Olympic Park
Two male Scarlet Honeyeaters at Little Kronos Hill-vocal and looking
good on a spring day. Only my second record for SOP. Also 50 Red-necked
Avocets, 18 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 1 Little Egret and an adult female
Latham's Snipe, Australian Reed Warbler, Little Grassbird, Australasian
Grebe Warriewood Wetlands
A single Latham's Snipe was seen in its usual spot. Australian Reed
Warbler, Little Grassbird and Australasian Grebe all seen in the main
pond near Shearwater Drive.
Wed 17 Sep Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Australasian Shoveler,
Little Egret Southgate Creek, N of Grafton
One Freckled Duck loafing on log in water, one Pink-eared Duck on water
and pair of Australasian Shovelers on water then loafing on bank. One
juvenile Little Egret, with yellow-green legs, actively foraging. First
record this site for Freckled and Pink-eared Ducks.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Red Wattlebird Great Marlow, N of Grafton
One Horsfield's Cuckoo observed in trees and riverside reeds. One Red
Wattlebird moving S with other birds (?Australian Figbird). Red
Wattlebirds are an uncommon winter visitor to the Clarence lowlands.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Pallid Cuckoo School Lane, Southgate
One Pallid Cuckoo on powerline. First local record for season.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Black Kite, Gull-billed Tern, Torresian Crow, Cattle Egret Franks
90+ Black Kites, 100+ Torresian Crows, 19 Gull-billed Terns and 120+
Cattle Egrets as well as Australian Magpies and Common Mynas in or over
paddock being ploughed by two tractors. Largest number of Black Kites
seen in the Clarence Valley for some months.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Tue 16 Sep Australasian Bittern Fivebough Swamp Leeton
Two and possibly three Australasian Bitterns seen in the reeds out
towards the hide. Also single Spotted and Spotless and several
Baillon's Crakes found crossing the track. The swamp has been very dry
for some time but was receiving 30,000 mega-litres a day of
environmental flow with many other birds coming in. Two Bitterns were
also seen on the 18th
Sue Proust and a the Hastings Birdwatchers campout group
Spotted Quail-thrush, Gang-gang Cockatoo Medlow Bath, Blue Mountains
Two very tame Spotted Quail-thrushes were walking at the end of Blue
Gum Ave (near bushland) at Medlow Bath. They jumped over the gate and
walked straight to the dog bowl (stealing food from them). A flock of
12 Gang-gang Cockatoo flew over Blue Gum Ave early morning.
[Moderator's note (NH): There is a potential need to rewrite the 'diet'
chapter for this species in HANZAB as it doesn't mention dog food? ;-)]
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Bellawongarah (Berry Mountain)
An adult White-bellied Sea-Eagle flew over the house yard at 2:35pm
today being chased by Australian Magpies. First record for our property
at Bellawongarah. We are on the escarpment 350m ASL west of Berry
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Noisy Pitta, Spectacled Monarch, Rufous Fantail,
Topknot Pigeon Iluka Nature Reserve
Adult male New Zealand Shining Bronze-Cuckoo observed, Noisy Pitta
heard calling (must be close to departing), 1+ adult Spectacled
Monarch, 1+ adult Rufous Fantail, 30+ Topknot Pigeons over at
south-west edge of Reserve.
Lewin's Rail, Little Lorikeet Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping
2 Lewin's Rails, both calling ardently. 1 on the edge of the large pond
has been calling from the exact spot (give or take 15 cm) for the third
week running. Might be on a nest? The other is in a blackberry clump
alongside Arthur St. There are still 50 or more Little Lorikeets in the
riverflat forest, feeding in Euc. teriticornis and Euc. bauriana (a
flock of 35 plus several pairs and flocks of 4-5). A pair was seen
copulating in a dead red gum in the river flat forest. This follows
observations of hollow prospecting here in May and on 2 September.
HANZAB implies that they do not breed in central coastal NSW, but that
is probably based on the first Atlas (1977-1981). Scarlet Honeyeater
fairly common today in flowering eucalypts.
Mon 15 Sep Silvereye Coutts Crossing, SW of South Grafton
Flock of 20+ Silvereyes present, also on September 14, mostly local
type birds (cornwalli) but at least one Tasmanian type (lateralis).
possible White-chinned Petrel (Subject to submission to HBOC ORAC) Old
Bar Beach at 31 58 36S 152 35 08E
Sea watch from 13.15 to 14.45. Weather conditions were good, the sun
was behind me, there was a fresh sea breeze and the sea was choppy but
not rough. At about 14.15, a large (roughly Pied Cormorant-sized)
petrel flew strongly along the beach, close inshore. This petrel was
completely black above and below, with no contrasting feet. It had a
stout all-white tubenose bill. It was flying low over the water with
steady wingbeats (no gliding or shearing). Also one Gull-billed Tern.
[Moderator's note (NH): Given the rarity of any Procellaria in the area
- especially of a healthy one at the beach, I would have preferred a
more detailed description. The sun was behind the observer. Could
reflection have exaggerated the white bill? To rule out other
Procellaria, I would have preferred a more detailed description of the
bill, including a specific mention of the maxillary unguis. The
described flight style is very unusual for a Procellaria, especially in
a fresh sea breeze.White-chinned Petrel is on the review list of HBOC.]
Australian Koel Epping
Male Australian Koel calling loudly at 5:10 pm from a tree in our
neighbour's yard. First I have seen/heard this season.
Mangrove Gerygone, Glossy Ibis, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Bar-tailed
Godwit, Fan-tailed Cuckoo Sydney Olympic Park
3 Mangrove Gerygone singing in the mangroves & casuarina on the
Riverwalk, just past Woo-la-ra on the way to the river. 1 Glossy Ibis
at the Northern Water Feature, 3 Fan-tailed Cuckoos seen and 12
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at the Waterbird
Silvereye (lateralis) Caniaba, Lismore NSW
On movement south, but with group of around 10 which included at least
one cornwalli, moving through understorey of eucalypt woodland. In the
same environment but in the canopy of ironbarks, a White-bellied
Cuckoo-shrike, male dark morph.
Sun 14 Sep Rufous Songlark Royal National Park--Picnic area at top
A single adult female Rufous Songlark feeding on the ground within the
picnic area by 5 observers. Photograph by Martin Odino.
Martin Odino & Max O'Sullivan
Ground Cuckoo-shrike (4) Back Yamma State Forest
Never seen the species in the area! Also a healthy number of the local
specialities like Turquoise Parrot, Superb Parrot, Diamond Firetail and
a lone Crested Shrike-tit.
Sat 13 Sep Australian Koel Sawtell
Single Australian Koel heard giving call in flight at 07:00 - first
record here for season. A few calls heard early morning 14 and 16 Sep,
and louder and more persistent calling heard this morning (17 Sep).
Australian Spotted Crake, Latham's Snipe, Plum-headed Finch,
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Pucca Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee NSW
While waiting in the bird hide to see the Citrine Wagtail saw an
Australian Spotted Crake on the edge of the water and Plum-headed Finch
were feeding in the low vegetation on the path leading to the hide.
Also got good views of the Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo. Returned the
following morning and saw through the fog a single Latham's Snipe. A
fantastic wetlands area that is in need of greater patronage by the
birding community. BTW the Citrine Wagtail was not seen.
Lisa Abra plus other bird watchers
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Mulgoa
On property on Fairlight Road in Mulgoa a male Glossy Black-Cockatoo.
It was by itself and flew from gumtree to gumtree and also frequented
Thu 11 Sep White-breasted Woodswallow Angophora Reserve, Bilgola
One White-breasted Woodswallow was seen Thursday morning, hawking over
the reserve. A bird I've never seen south of Newcastle before this
occasion. (Moderator's Note. While Henry may not have seen these birds
south of Newcastle before, they have certainly been summer migrants to
the Tuggerah Lakes system since I have been birdwatching there from
1962 onwards. However it has only been in more recent years that they
have moved south as summer migrants to the Hawkesbury Marshes and now
they extend south to the Eurobodalla Coast, Batemans Bay-Bermagui.AKM)
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