Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 14 Dec 2014.
Mon 15 Dec Pheasant Coucal Eulah Creek
After listening for calls unsuccessfully for the last 2 months, this
morning at 7 I heard a Pheasant Coucal calling (3x) for the first time
this season. It must be somewhere in dense undergrowth along Eulah
Creek, about 20 km east of Narrabri, not far from the (white timber)
bridge across the Eulah Creek (no photo).
Sun 14 Dec Spectacled Monarch. Deep Creek reserve, Narrabeen.
Got my second Sydney record this year of a Spectacled Monarch at Deep
Creek this morning about 50 meters in from the Wakehurst Parkway.
Little Eagle Farnell Ave, Loftus
Observed 1 Little Eagle (light morph) cruising overhead near northern
entrance to Royal NP this afternoon. Photograph attached.
South Island Oystercatcher Lord Howe Island Airport
I observed and photographed the SIPO feeding and flying between the
airport and the nearby Mosely's swamp on Sunday the 14th and Friday the
12th this past week. I was unable to find any Pectoral Sandpipers
during this past week on Lord Howe Is.
Glossy Black Cockatoo, Rufous Songlark Terry Hie Hie
A small flock of 4 Glossy Black Cockatoos were observed flying over
broadacre farmland about 10km north of the village, this is the first
record for this area. A single Rufous Songlark was observed singing on
a fence in grassland, in the village. This is the first sighting for
this site this year and the first for the whole north-west region since
January. (Usually Rufous Songlarks are present almost everywhere
throughout spring, not a single bird this year though.)
Sat 13 Dec Long-tailed Jaeger, Buller's Shearwater, Wandering type
Albatross. wattamolla royal national park.
Good numbers of winter and summer birds from Wattamolla today including
1 Buller's Shearwater at least 2 Wandering Albatross,20+Shy
albatross,30+Black- browed Albatross and 6-7 Long-tailed Jaegers.
Wandering Albatross Mistral Point, Maroubra
A 2 hour sea watch at Maroubra this morning turned up a Wandering
Albatross (heading northeast), 14 Black-browed Albatross (adults +
imm.), 3 Arctic and 3 Pomarine Jaegars, a constant stream of small
flocks of Short-tailed Shearwaters heading south, many Wedge-tails and
a few Fluttering Shearwaters
Buller's Shearwater (2), White-chinned Petrel (5) Offshore--Wollongong
2 Buller's Shearwaters and 5 White-chinned Petrels were the two
standout highlights of this years' SOSSA December pelagic off of
Wollongong. There was an excellent variety of tubenoses around, most
likely as a result of the recent storms. Also 1 Parkinson's ( Black )
Petrel, 6 Wandering Albatrosses, and 1 apparent 'Tasmanian' Shy
Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Cicadabird, Little Lorikeets
Murrumbung HSD, Mardi near Tuggerah
The CCGBNSW had their Christmas outing and break-up at the home of John
& Carole Carpenter, The Valley Way, Mardi where 35 people saw 43 bird
species during the morning. This included 28 Brown Cuckoo-Doves coming
to a feeder, 2 Cicadabirds, a Collared Sparrowhawk apparently pursuing
a Bellminer, a pair of Little Lorikeets, Scarlet Honeyeaters and Sacred
Kingfisher, Black-faced Monarch, Koels and Channel-billed Cuckoos.
Jacky Winter Whittaker Lagoon, Moree
A Jacky Winter was heard calling repeatedly in cattle grazing farmland.
Although probably listed as common, this is the first record for this
particular area, in 6 years of monthly outings.
Fri 12 Dec Bar-shouldered Dove South Maroubra
Calling in scrub between the Anzac Rifle Range and the coast track to
Sooty Owl Tumut River upstream from 8 Mile Ck junction, Kosciuszko NP
Two Sooty Owls in tall Mountain Gum forest. Unusual to record this
species along a western flowing river in such a vegetation community.
Caspian Tern Nepean Weir, Penrith
Reporting on behalf of my friend, who observed the tern near the weir
at dusk today.
Akos Lumnitzer for Peter Phealan
Brush Cuckoo, Channel-billed Cuckoo Port Kembla Golf Course
One Brush Cuckoo heard calling steadily at the Port Kembla Golf Course.
Also one Channel-billed Cuckoo flew over near there.
Australian Spotted Crake Eastlakes golf course
One Australian Spotted Crake this morning. First for several months,
pond nearest Maintenance shed. Group of Freckled Ducks still about.
Wandering Tattler, Sanderling Flat Rock, Ballina
3 Wandering Tattlers and 7 Sanderlings on the reef this morning.
Pleased to report good numbers of these two relatively uncommon
Henry Coleman and Stanley Tang
Thu 11 Dec Great Crested Grebe, Swamp Harrier, Whiskered Tern, Black
Swan Lake Hiawatha, Yuraygir National Park
8 Grebes floating on water, Harrier in air over edge of Lake, 37+ Terns
flying low over Lake. Grebes had been absent for some time and had been
observed a few days earlier by Russell and Matt Templeton. Solitary
Black Swan on Lake possibly same bird observed by Russell in ocean off
Wilsons Headland a few days earlier. Rare on Lake.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
White-throated Needletail, Brush Cuckoo, Wedge-tailed Eagle SW of
Wilsons Headland, Yuraygir National Park
35+ Needletails over, Cuckoo heard calling, adult pair of Eagles flying
north (not common so close to the coast)
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Lewin's Rail Wolgan Valley (2km before resort entrance)
I was in the Wolgan yesterday desperately trying to find Regent
Honeyeaters, which have not been seen in the Capertee for a few months.
I did not find any Regents, but I did find quite a bit of roadside /
paddock Yellow Box trees in blossom and some of trees were dripping
with small HE's (e.g. Fuscous, White-naped). Worth checking out if
anyone is out that way and after going through the Capertee as well
yesterday, I'd think that Regents are more likely to be in the Wolgan).
I heard a Lewin's Rail calling from a weedy drainage line off to the
north of the road about 2km short of the Emirates Resort entrance where
there are some Yellow Box trees on the left side of the road (the bird
would have roughly at -33 13 15s / 150 11 9e). These birds seem to turn
up in the most random / marginal places so I wasn't overly surprised
but I thought the record would be of interest. I note that Lewin's Rail
isn't on the list of birds in the Capertee birding brochure, so they're
probably scarce in this type of landscape.
Tue 9 Dec Musk Lorikeet Greenwich
Several Musk Lorikeets back in Greenwich after an absence of several
months, feeding in eucalyptus blossom near the Infants' School on
Indian Ringneck, breeding Red-whiskered Bulbul Township of
Burrumbuttock, northwest of Albury
A single Indian Ringneck has been free living in and around the
township for almost three months. In the last two weeks, it has been
observed on multiple occasions associating closely with a pair of
Australian King Parrots. Other noteworthy species seen in this location
over past three days are a lone Black-tailed Native Hen, breeding pair
of Red-whiskered Bulbul, flock of ~18 White-browed Woodswallow, Shining
Bronze Cuckoo, pair pf Black-fronted Dotterel, Dollarbird, Great Egret,
pair of Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Rufous Songlark with fledgling.
David M Watson
Crested Shrike-tit Riverside Park, Riverside Rd, Chipping Norton
A pair was located building a nest in the top of a planted red gum
sappling this morning. Only my 4th sighting of them at Riverside this
year despite more than 40 visits.
Caspian Tern Deeban Spit Port Hacking
1 Caspian Tern with 18 Eastern Curlews and 2 Pied Oystercatchers at
Glossy Black-Cockatoo (23) Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls
Glossies are fairly common along Kings Tableland however I have never
seen this many before. Twenty-one birds were together on power lines
and roadside trees near the Air services tower along Tablelands Road,
and I saw another two later eating casuarina seeds in heath. About a
dozen of the birds were still present an hour later.
Mon 8 Dec Pilotbird Bellawongarah - private property
A Pilotbird has been here calling everyday since the 8th. This is the
first one heard or seen since 24/12/2011, when they were resident here
for at least 5 years. Would be interested to hear if anyone else has
records from the past 12-24 months on Berry Mountain.
Brolga Levenstrath Rd Levenstrath. nr Grafton
6.00pm One Brolga on flat below house.
Sun 7 Dec Blue-billed Duck Killalea Conservation Reserve
A pair of Blue-billed Duck, a Musk Duck, several Clamorous
Reed-Warblers, many Black Swans and Coots, and a Swamp Harrier about
Killalea Lagoon during the late morning. Further south a Topknot
Pigeon, Brown Goshawk, Nankeen Kestrel, Dollarbirds, Satin Bowerbirds,
Eastern and Crimson Rosellas; near Minnamurra Beach a female Leaden
Flycatcher, Black-faced Monarch, Golden Whistler, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and
4 White-throated Needletails as we'll as the usual coastal bush birds.
Glossy Black Cockatoo Lot 15, Kingfisher Road, Port Macqarie
Not sure how long they were around for but spied one bird with its back
to me so I clearly saw the tail. It flew off with another a few minutes
later so I got a better look. Around 8.30am.
Sat 6 Dec Rufous Scrub-bird, Crested Shrike-tit, Musk Lorikeet
Surveyors Creek Gully, Gibraltar Range National Park
Scrub-bird heard calling (also on December 5), Shrike-tit and 2+
Lorikeets heard calling.
Wandering Whistling-Duck Windang
A pair of Wandering Whistling-Duck seen immediately west of Picnic
Island, Windang (Lake Illawarra), in the early afternoon. Also in the
vicinity 3 Caspian Tern, many Bar-tailed Godwits, several Eastern
Curlews, a pair of Pied Stilts, a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and an Osprey.
Fri 5 Dec Little Eagle, Crested Shrike-tit, Red-browed Treecreeper,
White-throated Treecreeper Dandahra Picnic Area, Gibraltar Range
Pale morph Little Eagle over forest opposite Gibraltar Range house, 1+
Shrike-tit calling and 5 Red-browed Treecreepers (3 adult females, 1
adult male and 1 immature male) caught and banded. Photos shows adult
female and juvenile male. One adult female White-throated Treecreeper
retrapped. Had been banded on 23 August 2013. .
Greg Clancy, Wendy & Alan Pilkington
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Platypus Picnic Area, Gibraltar Range National
Three birds adult male, adult female and third bird with yellow ruff
probably an immature female, feeding on fruits (cones) of Oak
Allocasuarina rigida on roadside.
Greg Clancy & Alan Pilkington
Wed 3 Dec Gang-Gang Cockatoo Bellawongarah- Private property
12 Gang-gangs observed over most of the day feeding and preening in
eucalypts. 5 male juveniles noted. All birds not seen well as foggy
weather. The highest number seen here at one time.
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