Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:00:40 +1000
   Birdline New South Wales

   Published sightings for the week ending 23 Nov 2014.

   Sun 23 Nov Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper
   Lake Cargelligo STW
   Lowest water levels I have ever seen at the Cargy Poo Ponds. Lots of
   mud flats. At least 50 Sandpipers there early this morning. Mostly
   Sharpies, about a dozen Marsh and one Curlew Sandpiper. Other birds of
   interest were one Latham's Snipe, One Fork-tailed Swift, 500 Whiskered
   Terns, and about 10 Red-necked Stints. All the usual suspects Baillon's
   and Spotted Crake, Black-tailed Native Hen and Red-necked Avocets were
   all there along with our newest migrants the Plum-headed Finches
   Warren Chad
   Pallid Cuckoo Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island
   Have a poor quality photo. Will try for a better one tomorrow.
   Ann Millard and Trish Evans
   White-eared Monarch border ranges national park.
   White-eared monarch present just outside national park this morning.
   Also numbers of Pacific Bazas and Red-backed Fairywrens.
   michael ronan.
   Glossy Black Cockatoo Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes
   2 Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in allocasuarina about halfway along
   the track at around 11:30am. I also heard a Scarlet Honeyeater and had
   a Rufous Fantail displaying about 1 metre away.
   Jayden Walsh
   Powerful Owl Sun Valley
   A juvenile (or immature) Powerful Owl roosting among foliage. Good to
   see that have been able to breed recently with so many Sulphur-crested
   Cockatoos taking over in the area.
   Mark Ley
   Sat 22 Nov Black Petrel, Long-tailed, Arctic and Pomarine Jaegers
   Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
   The highlight of todays SOSSA pelagic was a single Black Petrel. While
   it didn't stay around, it was well sighted by all on board. There were
   also at least 2 Long-tailed Jaegers (well worn plumage), as well as 3+
   Arctic and 5+ Pomarine Jaegers. Other birds included Black-browed,
   Campbell and Shy-type (White-capped) Albatrosses, Grey-faced Petrels
   and Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and a single Hutton's Shearwater.
   Numbers of Crested Terns were extremely high, 100+ which would be the
   most ever sighted on a SOSSA trip. Cetacean highlight was a small pod
   of Risso's Dolphins, which gave close, extended views before moving
   Brook Whylie and all on board the Sandra K
   Little Bronze Cuckoo King Creek, Wauchope
   Initially heard and then seen in my garden before it was chased off by
   a Noisy Miner. This is the second year that I have recorded this
   species at this location.
   Clive Meadows
   Long-toed Stint Kooragang Dykes
   On the Kooragang Dykes wader survey this morning a single Long-toed
   Stint was found among roosting Curlew Sandpipers. Also seen were a
   Pectoral Sandpiper a Common Sandpiper and three Great Knots.
   Dan Williams, Liz Crawford, Chris Herbert and Greg Little
   Painted Honeyeater, Superb Parrot Condobolin
   About a dozen Painted HEs calling continually and chasing each other
   around in pairs in Myall trees 15 km South of Condo near Wallaroi
   Ck.Its been a very dry spring here but the grey mistletoe has loads of
   fruit and the birds look like they may be going to breed. Also present
   were a small group of Superbs. They dont usually turn up here until
   January so they were a bit of a surprise.
   Warren Chad
   Australian King-Parrot Mehi River, 30km West of Moree
   Whittaker's Lagoon has been bone dry for over a month now. ALL birds
   observed in the vicinity of the Mehi River and in open scrub. 4
   Australian King Parrots were observed and heard calling, a very unusual
   find out this far west and especially during drought. They have been
   absent from their usual locations to the east this year including Terry
   Hie Hie, close to the Nandewar Range.
   Curtis Hayne
   Fri 21 Nov Budgerigar Leard State Forest
   Budgerigars are usually seen in the North-west slopes around the end of
   the breeding season, but today we found four perched in a Cypress pine
   tree on the edge of the Leard SCA, south of Maules Creek.
   Michael Dahlem
   Red-necked Avocet Eastlakes golf course
   One Red-necked Avocet back this morning 8am. David Mitford reports that
   it was still around at 10 am.
   Bas Hensen
   Thu 20 Nov Fork-tailed Swift Lane Cove National Park - De Burghs Bridge
   (Lane Cove Rd)
   2 birds seen approx 7:30 am (from bus) at treetop height just on north
   side of bridge. All dark with just a white rump. Only 2 seen but bus
   was moving
   Tom Wilson
   Plumed Whistling Duck Corowa Piggery, off Redlands Road
   Over 200 Plumed Whistling Ducks around the settling ponds behind the
   piggery off Redlands Road. 2 Magpie Geese left at the Corowa Sewage
   farm, also a single Freckled Duck and good numbers of blue-billed
   Matt Weeks
   Wed 19 Nov Wandering Tattler, Sanderling, Red Knot Flat Rock, Skennars
   Head, Ballina
   2 Wandering Tattlers, 4 Sanderling, 2 Red Knot and 5 Sharp-tailed
   Sandpipers were amongst the usual Grey-tailed Tattlers, Ruddy
   Turnstones, Pacific Golden Plovers and Red-necked Stints, Common and
   Little Terns at Flat Rock, mid morning.
   Alan Morris,
   Painted Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail, Masked Woodswallow Leard State
   Walking along the perimeter of the Leard SCA yesterday morning, I found
   one Painted Honeyeater, a pair of Diamond Firetails and 3 species of
   woodswallows breeding in the area. Next to a nesting pair of Dusky
   Woodswallows, there were a few families of White-browed Woodswallows
   with juveniles and a family of Masked Woodswallows (which I don't get
   to see often), also with two juveniles (photo).
   Michael Dahlem
   Brahminy Kite Hawkesbury River near confluence with Colo River
   Single Brahminy Kite seen well perched in a tree then gliding, along
   the Hawkesbury River, downstream of the confluence with the Colo River
   at around midday today.
   Jon Spicer-Bell
   Bar-tailed Godwit Deeban Spit, Port Hacking
   1 Bar-tailed Godwit feeding with 19 Eastern Curlews on dusk at high
   tide. Godwits used to be regular summer visitor but have been missing
   for last two summers.
   Julie Keating
   Tue 18 Nov Barred Cuckoo-shrike Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National
   2-4 Barred Cuckoo-shrikes feeding on small yellow figs in Nightcap
   National Park this morning.
   michael ronan
   Mon 17 Nov Eastern Yellow Wagtail Lord Howe Island
   Arriving at Lord Howe Island in the morning, I thought the
   mudfIat/drying swamp opposite the end of the airport runway would be
   worth a visit. Couldn't get there until later in the day but when I
   did, astounded to find a Yellow Wagtail amongst the Eastern Golden
   Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones. Returned the next morning and the
   following day but no further sightings.
   Robert Griffin
   Lewin's Rail Landing Lights Wetland, Barton Park, near Sydney Airport
   2 birds calling at sunset. Multiple records Botany/Eastlakes side of
   airport but the only report for Cook's River area I can find is 1893.
   Not recorded by Neil Rankin in his Barton Park surveys 1967-1980, or
   mentioned in Keast's 50 year retrospective which included area. Also
   present an immature Brown Honeyeater perhaps indicating breeding in the
   Andrew Taylor
   Superb Fruit-dove. Rocky Creek Dam (Nightcap National Park)
   Found a nesting pair of superb fruit doves this morning this is my 8th
   nesting record of this species in the nightcap national park .
   michael ronan.
   Sat 15 Nov Painted Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Turquise
   Parrot, Emus, Rufous Songlark Nattai Nat Park - High Range NSW
   Fleeting visit by one Painted HE, continued to call but not sighted
   again, 2 Turquoise Parrots, one White Throated Gerygone, 8 Emus, 2
   Rufous Songlarks
   Kaye Varlow
   Magpie Goose Wetland at edge of Pacififc Highway, Clarenza
   65+ Geese at edge of water with some partially hidden in reeds.
   Probably an underestimate as heads were popping up in reeds throughout
   the area. Some sitting on flattened reeds but probably not nesting as
   they weren't sitting low enough to be incubating. Similar numbers
   present also on 13 Nov when Russell Jago and Matt Templeton assisted
   with the count. Largest number at this site for a while and none
   present at dam NE of Coutts Crossing where 5-70 birds had been observed
   Greg Clancy
   Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Whiskered Tern Lawrence Egret Colony
   Only 1 Freckled Duck located, 30+ Pink-eared Ducks, 30+ Whiskered
   Terns, terns mostly in partial breeding plumage.
   Greg Clancy & Clarence Valley Birdos members
   Pallid Cuckoo, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Restless Flycatcher, Spangled
   Drongo Mantons Road, Lawrence
   Cuckoo heard calling, Honeyeater observed and photographed by Pam
   Kenway (they were silent), Flycatcher heard calling and Drongo was at a
   small dam where other birds were drinking.
   Greg Clancy, Pam Kenway & Clarence Valley Birdo members
   Fri 14 Nov White-throated Needletail Kangaroo Creek Road, S of Coutts
   5+ Needletails flying over.
   Greg Clancy
   Thu 13 Nov Australian Owlet-nightjar, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Common
   Cicadabird Bridge on Champions Creek, Somervale Road, Tucabia
   Owlet-nightjar calling @ 14:37 hrs, Cuckoo and Cicadabird heard
   Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton, Bronte Larkin
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