Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
Date: 8 Dec 2014 06:50:28 +1000
   Birdline New South Wales

   Published sightings for the week ending 7 Dec 2014.

   Sun 7 Dec Satin Flycatcher Coachwood Glen near Blackheath
   2 pairs Satin Flycatchers nesting in wet sclerophyll forest about 20
   metres apart. At least one nestling being fed. All four adult birds
   together drove away a Pied Currawong that ventured too close to the
   Mark Hocking
   Wandering-type Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Fork tailed Swift.
   North Head, Manly
   Highlights from a sea watch from north head today was a Wandering-type
   Albatross,17 Black-browed Albatross and 4 Shy Albatross. There were
   also 3 Arctic Jaegers and 2 Pomarine Jaegers, with 3 Fork-tailed Swifts
   circling over the cliffs ahead of the storm.
   michael ronan
   Lesser Frigatebird Tweed Heads
   Circled at the NSW/QLD border around Rainbox Rocks from around 1:30pm
   until I left around 3:10. Female. Not sure if it is of interest. Hung
   around for quite some time hassling the local terns. Great watching it
   hovering in the northerly with some Ospreys for company. [Moderator's
   Note: This is definitely of interest Cliff! All sightings of Lesser
   Frigatebird in NSW should be submitted to NSW ORAC for review. JB]
   Cliff Booth
   Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck Laggon at -30.531548,153.01648 - Osprey
   Drive, Urunga
   One pair of Blue-billed Ducks on the lagoon at -30.531548,153.01648.
   Also some Musk Ducks present.
   Allen Hamilton
   Sat 6 Dec Eastern Yellow Wagtail Lismore, 3 Chain Rd STW
   Wagtail at 0645. Spotted during the Challenge Count. Found near the
   fenced off ponds, from which it undertook undulating flight to far
   perimeter fence and then back over ponds calling and out of sight.
   (Note: You need permission to enter the STW's)
   June Harris, Tony Trott, Faye Smith, Tony Gifford.
   Spangled Drongo Pacific Highway, Milson's Point/Kirribilli
   One bird observed whilst driving towards the Harbour Bridge. Seen on a
   TV antenna just off the highway. Peculiar time of year (usually being a
   winter migrant to Sydney).
   Simon Gorta
   Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot Lake
   Innes Nature Reserve, Port Macquarie
   A nice collection of waders were present in Lake Innes where there are
   large areas of mud exposed. Black-tailed Godwit (1), Avocet (2), Curlew
   Sandpiper (7) , Red Knot (8), Ruddy Turnstone (1) are all unusual in
   the Port Macquarie area. Also present were Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
   (52), Red-necked Stints (30), Caspian Terns (14) and an estimated 200
   White-throated Needletails passed over.
   Tim Morris
   Red-necked Avocet Yarrie Lake
   During a quick visit to Yarrie Lake near Wee Waa around noon today
   about 80 Red-necked Avocets were spotted on a sand spit (see also
   today's report from the Burren Junction Bore Bath). This is the first
   time I have found Red-necked Avocets at Yarrie Lake (which is shallow
   right now), although they have been spotted in other wetlands in the
   area before.
   Michael Dahlem
   Marsh Sandpiper, Red-necked Avocet, Plumed Whistling-Duck Burren
   Checking a few inland aquatic habitats before the rain can possibly
   cause dispersal, I found good numbers of birds at the Burren Junction
   Bore Bath this morning. Next to more common species, there were about
   50 Red-necked Avocets (see also today's report from Yarrie Lake), ca.
   70 Plumed Whistling-Ducks, at least 4 Marsh Sandpipers ("Further
   information" link), some 50 Pink-eared Ducks and about 20 Hoary-headed
   Grebes (photos taken of all species reported here).
   Michael Dahlem
   Australian Pied Oystercatcher Deeban Spit Port Hacking
   Looks like our resident pair of Oystercatchers have bred. Saw four on
   the beach this morning with the 18 Eastern Curlews.
   Julie Keating
   Fri 5 Dec Crested Shrike-tit, Crested Bellbird, Nankeen Night-Heron,
   Rufous Whistler Eubalong West
   Sighted in creek near rest area beside bridge just east of Eubalong
   West, in centre of NSW.
   Robert Shore
   Broad-billed Sandpiper, Fairy Tern Lake Wollumboolla
   Highlights observed - 1 Broad-billed Sandpiper, 3 Fairy Tern, 1 Curlew
   Sandpiper, 90 Red-necked Avocet, 100+ Little Tern.
   Carla Jackett
   Black-necked stork Hexam Swamp
   Spent the morning at Hexam Swamp to find a pair of Black-necked Storks,
   20+ White-fronted Chats, White-winged Triller, White-breasted
   Woodswallows with fledglings and babies in nests and an Australian
   Hobby along with the usual suspects.
   Sarah Moncrieff and Josh Allen
   Topknot Pigeon Gordon
   5 Topknot Pigeons flew in to feed on fruiting Bangalow Palms in a
   suburban backyard in Gordon. Also Satin Bowerbirds nesting in a pine
   Dan Vickers (via David Vickers)
   Freckled Duck Deepwater Park Milperra
   4 Freckled Ducks today at the Bankstown Tip detention pond. Perhaps 1
   more has gone missing from East Lakes Golf Course, or perhaps they are
   different birds?.
   David James
   Thu 4 Dec Cook's Petrel Pelagic off Swansea
   A Cook's Petrel was the highlight of a pelagic out of Swansea today,
   organised by Allan Benson. It was an unusual day with large periods
   motoring across the ocean with not a bird in sightt. It took maybe 15
   minutes at the shelf before we started seeing birds arrive. There were
   several Sooty Shearwaters seen, all on migration, as well as 3
   Long-tailed Jaegers (making it very similar to the Nov 2012 trip out of
   Port Stephens). Other birds included ~10 Wilson's Storm-petrels, 4
   White-faced Storm-petrels (a good count for this species these days),
   an immature Black-browed type Albatross, a few Grey-faced Petrels and a
   single Hutton's Shearwater. The attached image was taken by Steve
   Mick Roderick, Allan Benson et al
   Wed 3 Dec White-winged Black Tern Newcastle Ocean Baths
   A White Winged Black Tern was seen at the baths on Wednesday afternoon
   along with 20 Common Terns plus a few Crested Terns and Silver Gulls.
   Richard Nicholas
   Red-winged Parrot Wilbetree St, Gulgong NSW
   Noticed two parrots fly into a Silky Oak tree about 7 pm very scruffy
   and different from anything I had seen here this week took photos and
   sought ID help from Australian Bird ID (Facebook), who suggested I let
   you know. [Moderator's Note: This is almost the southernmost limit of
   RWP distribution. JB]
   Lorraine Hardwick
   Red-kneed Dotterel (122+), NO Little Curlew Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
   Spent several hours searching for the Little Curlews to no avail. On a
   whim, I checked out the south end of the pipeline and was amazed to
   find a large flock of Red-kneed Dotterels. My biggest count from a
   single view was 122, although doubtless there were more out of sight.
   140 would be my best guess. Nesting and recently fledged White-breasted
   Woodswallows was very nice.
   Ashwin Rudder
   Broad-billed Sandpiper, Fairy Tern, Sanderling Lake Wollumboola
   2 Broad-billed Sandpipers, 2 Fairy Terns (amongst >100 Little Terns)
   and 1 Sanderling seen today at the Lake. Other birds included ~5
   non-breeding White-winged Black Terns, 20 Curlew Sandpiper and 40
   Red-necked Avocets
   Lachlan Hall
   Lesser Sandplover Lake Conjola Entrance at -35.267925, 150.503352
   The Lesser Sandplover along with 30 Little Terns, 2 Sanderling, 40+
   Red-necked Stints arrived this morning to join the 50+ Crested Terns,
   11 Pied Oystercatchers and Red-capped Plovers at the entrance to Lake
   Conjola certainly turned a quiet area into a very busy place.
   Charles Dove
   Sooty Owl Blue Mountains National Park--Murphys Glen
   I accidentally flushed a Sooty Owl from it's roost in an cave overhang
   along the track from Murphy's Glen to Bedford Creek. It flew to a
   nearby branch raising the alarm of a lot of the smaller resident birds,
   then flew towards overhangs on the other side of Murphy's Creek.
   Although I have only ever seen one other Sooty Owl in this area (2001),
   there is plenty of good habitat (tall wet gullies) and roost sites over
   a large area and I suspect there may be a few about.
   Mark Ley
   Tue 2 Dec Glossy Black Cockatoo, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin,
   Black-chinned Honeyeater, Black-eared Cuckoo Gwydir Watercourse
   Waterbird Lagoon in Gwydir Wetlands SCA is hoped to be reopened again
   to the public in autumn 2015. Every site in the Gwydir Wetlands was
   surveyed. Brolgas have decreased alot in numbers. Several small flocks
   or pairs of Glossy Black Cockatoos were observed flying over in belah
   country at various sites, about 20 in total. 30 Chestnut-breasted
   Mannikins were observed in the reedbeds and cumbungi. Numerous
   Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos were heard calling. Many White-bellied Sea
   Eagles were found, a total of 7 including a juvenile. Owlet Nightjars
   heard calling at dusk. Horsfield's Bushlark observed. Some other
   unusual species including a couple Black-eared Cuckoos and some
   Black-chinned Honeyeaters were found by Steve Debus.
   Curtis Hayne
   Peregrine Falcon Ilarwill Quarry, Woodford Island, near Maclean
   Adult female perched at edge of nest ledge. Nestling/s presumably out
   of view on ledge. The quarry is fenced and access to nest only possibly
   by abseiling down the cliff.
   Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Warren Thompson
   Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpipers, Little Egret Bushell's Lagoon,
   1 Common Greenshank and 3 Marsh Sandpipers, with one Little Egret
   Keith Brandwood
   Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Channel-billed Cuckoo Woodford Dale,
   Woodford Island
   Adult Bronze-Cuckoo flew to roadside tree. Two separate Channel-billed
   Cuckoos one observed in flight and one heard calling
   Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Warren Thompson
   Freckled Ducks and Pink-eared Duck Eastlakes golf course
   A Pink-eared Duck, an Australasian Shoveler and 4 Freckled Ducks seen
   today. There were 7 Freckled Ducks on Sunday, but 3 seemed to have
   moved on (maybe Milperra ?)
   David Mitford
   Plumed Whistling-Duck, Cattle Egret, Plum-headed Finch, Black-tailed
   Nativehen Narrabri Lake
   Some more bird species have arrived at Narrabri Lake, driven to the
   water while the rest of the landscape dries up: A pair of Plumed
   Whistling-Ducks (first in 8 years), at least 2 Plum-headed Finches and
   2 Black-tailed Native-hens (composite photo). Also shown in the photo
   is one of many Cattle Egret nests on the bird island.
   Michael Dahlem
   Freckled Duck Deepwater Park Milperra
   3 (at least) Freckled Ducks in the detention basin of the former
   Bankstown Tip adjacent to Deepwater Park (access via Kelso Park North).
   A single Hoary-headed Grebe has been here for a few months. Black Swan,
   Australasian Grebe and Little Pied Cormorant nesting here.
   David James
   Mon 1 Dec Brush Bronzewing Evan's Lookout, Blackheath
   One bird seen this afternoon at the southern entrance to the Grand
   Canyon walk.
   Ian Kerr
   Little Curlew Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
   Following up on the reports of Orange Chat and Little Curlew I spent
   the day at Hexham Swamp arriving mid-morning and left around 4:30. I
   got on to six Little Curlews, proper, around 4pm after having a brief
   glimpse of one earlier. The six Little Curlew flew in, from the western
   side, to the pond north of where they have been reported and landed
   amongst the drier sedges only to disappear. Dorsal and side views in
   flight only through bins. Couldn't track down the Orange Chat. There
   are thousands of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers as well as a good number of
   Curlew Sandpipers amongst the throng. A lone Ruddy Turnstone also.
   White-fronted Chat, Crakes about as well as the usual species.
   Greg McLachlan
   Eastern Osprey Nepean Weir, Penrith
   One adult perched in partly dead tree top approximately 200 meters
   south from sake brewery in Casola Place. I was delighted to see one
   here again, as my last sighting was (I think) in early February this
   Akos and Donata Lumnitzer
   Little Curlew Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve
   This morning at 0800 Lorna Mee and I sighted three Little Curlews at
   Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve. They were seen about 100 m north of the
   spot previously given by Mick Roderick (-32.84800 151.68255 ) From this
   spot look north for the Hexham cell phone tower. They were well
   camouflaged in dry reeds the same grey colour as their feathers. It
   took about an hour to locate them, with repeated scans of the area with
   a spotting scope. The Orange Chat was not seen anywhere along the
   pipeline track but a nice sighting was a single Diamond Finch (probable
   Jim Smart per. hunterbirders
   Common Cicadabird, Brush Cuckoo Ourimbah RTA Reserve
   Male Cicadabird observed. Several more calling. Juvenile Brush Cuckoo
   being harassed by pair of Grey Fantail. other Brush Cuckoo calling at
   different sites.
   Allan Benson, Chris and Kay Aisbett
   Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot, Red-necked Avocet, Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo
   Mason Park, Homebush
   Following up on recent sightings here I saw 1 Red Knot,1 Curlew
   Sandpiper and 1 Red-necked Avocet along with 47 Sharp-tailed
   Sandpipers. Calling from the edge of the water was a juvenile
   Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo.
   Jenny Stiles
   Pink-eared Duck Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
   I was extremely surprised to see 6 Pink-eared Ducks at the Waterbird
   Refuge today [at the opposite end to the bird hide]. Also seen along
   the mangroves 2 Nankeen Night Heron, 2 Striated Heron.
   Jenny Stiles
   Sun 30 Nov Beautiful Firetail Blue Mountains National Park--Govetts
   On the track just south west of Boyds Beach on the Popes Glen track to
   Govetts Leap Lookout. Only one seen.
   Ian Kerr
   Fri 28 Nov Powerful Owl, Australian Owlet-nightjar, White-throated
   Nightjar Chambigne Nature Reserve
   Powerful Owl observed in silhouette perched on low horizontal branch
   above track. 3+ Owlet-nightjars heard calling and one White-throated
   Nightjar flew from track in front of vehicle.
   Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Annette Cook
   Thu 27 Nov Spotted Harrier Sandon Road, Yuraygir National Park
   Adult Harrier hunting over grassland near Road.
   Greg Clancy, Russell Jago, Matt Templeton
   Wed 26 Nov Barking Owl, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Noisy Pitta, Brush
   Cuckoo Chambigne Creek TSR
   Two Barking Owls responding to playback, one observed second heard
   calling. Three Owlet-nightjars, one Noisy Pitta and one Brush Cuckoo
   all heard calling at night. An adult male Koala was also a bonus for
   the night's observations being first detected by its distinctive call.
   Greg Clancy, Geoff and Natalie Ryan, Andrew and Joan Watson
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