Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
Date: 22 Dec 2014 07:04:45 +1000
   Birdline New South Wales

   Published sightings for the week ending 21 Dec 2014.

   Sun 21 Dec Black Honeyeater (12), Painted Honeyeater (2), White-fronted
   Honeyeater (2), White-backed Swallow Deniliquin--southern woodlands
   Some of the standout highlights of the morning of day two on the
   Deniliquin two day Plains-wanderer trip included a nice flock of
   honeyeaters, consisting of 7 species including 12 Black and 2
   White-fronted Honeyeaters, an adult White-backed Swallow, and 2 Painted
   Honeyeaters in an undisclosed location.
   Logan Lalonde
   Red-backed Kingfisher, White-backed Swallow Eulah Creek
   Today is the day! The pair of Red-backed Kingfishers near the Bullawa
   Creek bridge, 15 km east of Narrabri, have successfully raised a brood
   of chicks and are releasing into this world a batch of
   "mini-kookaburras" (see photo). The first fledgling was out when I
   checked at 8:30 this morning and there were still calls coming from the
   nest tunnel, but I did not stick around to count how many there are in
   total. Just an aside on such an occasion: There are still some
   White-backed Swallows around, but no sign of breeding activity.
   Michael Dahlem
   Sat 20 Dec Stubble Quail Bundanoon
   A walk along Old Argyle Rd didn't produce a lot this afternoon, but I
   did hear a single Stubble Quail calling in grassy paddocks to the east
   of the road. Species 174 for town and my first record of Stubble Quail
   for the Southern Highlands.
   Lorne Johnson
   Common Tern, Grey Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Little Tern Boat
   Harbour, Kurnell
   High tide counts this morning at Boat Harbour, Kurnell included 90
   Common Tern, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler, 77 Little tern (of
   which only 4 br.), 33 Pacific Golden Plover, 199 Red-necked stint and
   19 Ruddy Turnstone.
   Bruce Roubin and Ken Gilmour
   Red-necked Avocet Namoi River, 20 km south of Narrabri
   In a permanent shallow wetland on the eastern side of the Namoi River
   (private property, no access; photo taken from roadside) 10 Red-necked
   Avocets have appeared recently (not seen there in late November).
   Michael Dahlem
   Australian Hobby, White Throated Needletail Warriewood
   This afternoon alerted by the Noisy Miner alarm calls I decided to look
   out my front door to see what was going on and as I did a Hobby flew
   over my house and above it were about 20 White Throated Needletails
   Jayden Walsh
   South Island Pied Oystercatcher Lord Howe Island
   Solo SIPO still hanging around the airport on Lord Howe Island and
   adjacent swampy area this afternoon.
   Martin Stokes
   Striated Heron Hen and Chicken Bay
   Nice to see a Striated Heron make an appearance amongst the Bar-tailed
   Godwits. Bird observed near boat ramp along Wymston Parade. No sign of
   the Red Knot that have been present recently.
   Greg McLachlan
   Pink-eared Duck Mill Stream, Botany
   2 Pink-eared Ducks feeding with a small flock of Hardheads and a hybrid
   Mallard on the Mill Stream near Foreshore Drive early this morning.
   This is my first sighting of Pink-eared Ducks here.
   Nigel Coghlan
   Eastern Curlew Deeban Spit Port Hacking
   Flock sized has increased by 3 to 21
   Julie Keating
   Fri 19 Dec Buller's Shearwater Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head
   1 Buller's Shearwater feeding with Wedge-tailed Shearwaters off north
   head this afternoon.
   michael ronan
   Thu 18 Dec White-browed Woodswallow Hunter Economic Zone (near Kurri
   The White-browed Woodswallows are still in HEZ, so have been there for
   nearly 2 months now. Although I had found them nesting in early
   November (see report #220690), I could not see any direct evidence of
   successful breeding today, though I did see an adult flying off with an
   insect in its bill (and I was only there for a short time). Perhaps ~15
   birds seen. Sharing the airspace above where some of the White-broweds
   were perching was a flock of ~20 White-throated Needletails, about a
   dozen Dusky Woodswallows and Tree Martins. Several (~7 or 8)
   Black-chinned HE's present in the area too. A smattering of ironbark
   blossom has attracted flocks of Little Lorikeets. A pale Little Eagle
   seen displaying very high above the forest.
   Mick Roderick
   Pacific Swift Sandon Estuary, Yuraygir National Park
   5+ Swifts low overhead during stormy weather. Suddenly appeared and
   just as quickly disappeared. Probably a greater number but they were
   too quick to get a good count. Observers' first record of this species
   this season.
   Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
   Plumed Whistling-Duck (1) Sydney Olympic Park--Waterbird Refuge
   First record for SOP that I can find from my records. Managed some
   record shots through bins with phone. Sitting in with Grey/Chestnut
   Teal loafing on eastern corner. About 100 Red-necked Avocets. At Mason
   Park 20 Sharp-tailed and 2 Curlew Sandpipers plus 1 Red-kneed Dotterel.
   Dion Hobcroft
   Wed 17 Dec Plumed Whistling Duck, Swamp Harrier, Wood Duck Dairy Swamp,
   Central Coast Wetlands, Tuggerah
   This morning Vicki Barnes reported 40+ Plumed Whistling Ducks at the
   Dairy Swamp but by mid-afternoon, this had now risen to 78. This is the
   biggest group to visit this wetland, although there have been over 9
   previous reports. Other birds present included 47 Masked Lapwings, 23
   Wood Ducks, a Swamp Harrier and a Black-shouldered Kite.
   Alan Morris
   Tue 16 Dec Fork-tailed Swift, Brush Bronzewing, Chestnut-rumped
   Heathwren, Rockwarbler Royal National Park--Wattamolla
   As part of a good half-day spent in Royal yesterday (over 100 species
   recorded between dawn and 2pm), we spent early morning at Wattamolla.
   In between squally rain showers, some of us were lucky enough to see
   two Fork-tailed Swifts in a group of White-throated Needletails (report
   to be submitted separately to Mike T). Also at Wattamolla, we saw at
   least 6 Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens together in what we could only guess
   was a family group. A single Rockwarbler was its reliable self. On the
   road in to Wattamolla, a pair of Brush Bronzewings were a surprise
   Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge & Nathan Ruser
   Freckled Duck, Australasian Shoveler and Pink-eared Duck Wentworth
   Swamp, Kurri Kurri, NSW.
   1 Freckled Duck, 8 Pink-eared Ducks and 4 Australasian Shovelers
   observed along with Red-necked Avocets. Lathams Snipe observed the week
   previous at same location.
   Daniel McKenzie
   Logrunner, Red-browed Treecreeper, Greater Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl
   Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive
   As part of a good half-day spent in Royal yesterday (over 100 species
   recorded between dawn and 2pm), we spent dawn at the southern end of
   Lady Carrington Drive. The dawn chorus was fruitful, with a Logrunner
   heard while it was too dark to see, and a Powerful Owl joining in with
   the Black-faced Monarchs and Rose Robins. Before dawn, a Greater Sooty
   Owl was heard among many calling Southern Boobooks. A Red-browed
   Treecreeper was another nice bird, but alas, also not seen.
   Ashwin Rudder, Joshua Bergmark, Max Breckenridge & Nathan Ruser
   White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Brolga, Marsh Sandpiper,
   Red-kneed Dotterel Teal Lagoon, Everlasting Swamp National Park
   4+ non-breeding White-winged Black Terns in a flock of 200+ Whiskered
   Terns. Most Whiskered Terns were in breeding plumage but a few were in
   non-breeding plumage and according to Jeff Davies would be of the
   northern hemisphere race hybridus. 76+ Brolgas in groups of 10, 60 and
   3 pairs. Three Marsh Sandpipers and 2 Red-kneed Dotterels on the edge
   of Teal Lagoon. 3+ Little Grassbirds were calling from the reed beds as
   Greg Clancy, Dean Egan (NPWS), Warren Thompson and Joel Crowther
   Mon 15 Dec Red-necked Avocet. Hoary-headed Grebe, Freckled Duck
   Tuggerah STW
   This afternoon there were 82 Hoary-headed Grebes on the STW main pond,
   this is a very high number for this site and 3 Freckled Ducks. Over the
   back of the ponds there were 37 Avocets & 4 Black-winged Stilts, again
   Avocets are rare at this site, although they have been present now at
   the STW since 23/10/14. There were 2 Dollarbirds with at least one
   juvenile as well.
   Alan Morris
   Pacific Koel Parkes, NSW
   I have heard a koel calling a few times in the day yesterday and then
   all through the night last night corner of Mitchell and Hill Street.
   Will try to sight and photograph tonight. It seems out of its range and
   certainly wasn't getting any replies....but poor little bugger tried
   all night. (Moderator's Note: Single Koels have been reported from
   Parkes during the last year or two! AKM).
   Robert Shore
   Sun 14 Dec Black-necked Stork, Brolga, Comb-crested Jacana, Striped
   Honeyeater Imesons Swamp, Lawrence (now Everlasting Swamp NP)
   We observed for nearly 20 minutes two adult Black-necked Storks near
   Lawrence Rd where they hunted Black Swan cygnets in the very shallow
   water. One of the storks caught one cygnet and landed on the dry land.
   They later played with it like the act with mouse. At the end one of
   them swallowed it. Other birds: Brolga (4 - 3 flew over Clarence River,
   1 near junction of Lawrence Rd and Green Lane), Comb-crested jacana (1
   - small wetland near Lawrence completely covered by water hyacinths),
   Royal Spoonbill (35), White-necked Heron (12), Osprey (1 flying over
   Clarence River), Striped Honeyeater (3 calling from the patch of swamp
   Ted Wnorowski
   Sat 13 Dec Rock Warbler Umina Point Fire Trail, Brisbane Water NP
   I found 4 Rock Warblers near Look Out, over looking Pearl Beach
   luke ullrich
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