Birdline New South Wales
Published sightings for the week ending 28 Dec 2014.
Sun 28 Dec Sooty Tern Richmond River, North Wall
A juvenile Sooty Tern seen in the mouth of the Richmond River before it
headed north along the coast.
Latham's Snipe, Spotless Crake The Ponds (near Blacktown)
Saw for the first time at The Ponds a Latham's Snipe as I accidentally
flushed it beside the creek side vegetation where I also had a few
Spotless Crakes. There were also a number of Double-barred Finches and
also lots of Weebills about (with the later with young).
Sat 27 Dec Stubble Quail Kenneth Upton Reserve, Mt Druitt
Flushed out a single Stubble Quail. Also always hear/see Golden-headed
Beach Stone-curlew Nambucca River
Single bird seen on river bank at Bellwood Park picnic area
Freckled Duck Kiss' Lagoon Bega
Kiss' Lagoon, is proximal to the Bega township (corner of Old Princess
Highway and Poplar St, observed at the North-West corner of the
lagoon). Single female duck among many Eurasian Coots. Possibly injured
or diseased on the head (see photo)
Black Bittern Deepwater Park Milperra
A female flushed from the shore of the second pond on Maxwell Ave about
11 am. First BB I've seen locally since mid August
Wonga Pigeon Mt Hunter NSW, Burragarong Rd over Sickles Creek
Flushed from road side on bridge...large, plump grey and white pigeon
Fri 26 Dec Blue-billed Duck (2), Latham's Snipe (1), Azure Kingfisher
(2) Lake Wallace, Lithgow
Also seen were Musk Duck (1) & Great-crested Grebe (10)
Little Eagle Berkshire Park Pet Cemetery
One light morph eagle seen circling low above cemetery and slowly
working its way north.
Thu 25 Dec Glossy Black-Cockatoo Lower Pappinbarra
6 GBC seen flying East in a group this morning. Not seen here for many
months. All 6 seen again in a group the following day at 6:30pm flying
back in a westerly direction.
Tue 23 Dec Banded Lapwing Cornwallis Rd, Cornwallis 1' Cell
8 Banded Lapwings seen by the track that leads into the first paddock
to the right of Cornwallis Rd when heading away from Windsor - one has
a gammy leg.
Freckled Duck Pitt Town Lagoon
Pair of Freckled Duck seen in NW corner of lagoon approx 7:30am. Also 1
Australasian Shoveler, 10 Pink-eared Duck, 1 Glossy Ibis and pair of
Sea Eagles. The lagoon is very full - waders are present but in an
inaccessible spot in the very far NW corner (only saw them when flushed
by something). Also at least 12 more Glossy Ibis seen in wet paddocks
around Pitt Town Bottoms Rd.
Mon 22 Dec Tahiti Petrel Lord Howe Island - Balls Pyramid
Single Tahiti Petrel flew past our boat just past half way out to Balls
Pyramid from LHI. Turned front on towards the boat flying in the same
direction offering a very clear view of sharp, straight demarkation
between dark head and upper chest and white front. Seemed to have a
more solid build than other gadfly petrels. Back and head looked black
at sea. Rough out there and having to hang on with both hands so no
Striated Heron, Pacific Baza, Azure Kingfisher Briner Bridge,
Coldstream River near Tucabia
Two juvenile Herons flew from Coldstream River to small creek/drain
nearby. Adult Baza perched in Forest Red Gum near Bridge. Azure
Kingfisher flying low over River.
Greg Clancy & Russell Jago
Musk Lorikeet Coutts Crossing Village
Adult pair of lorikeets with begging juvenile in our Large-leaved
Spotted Gum. This is my first local breeding record and comes after a
period of absence by the species.
Sun 21 Dec Sooty Tern Corindi Ck estuary (Red Rock)
Beach-cast tern found by Russell.
Russell Jago and Greg Clancy
Sat 20 Dec Painted Honeyeater (3) & Superb Parrot (20) 9 Km west of
3 Painted Honeyeaters and 20 Superb Parrots were observed in a 2 km
stretch of trees by the side of the road to the west of Caragabal.
There was plenty of recently flowered mistletoe that the Painted
Honeyeaters were feeding on and there is plenty of similar habitat on
this stretch of road which looks good for both species.
European Greenfinch Eastlake Golf Course
2 birds feeding on the ground with Superb Blue Wrens. I haven't seen
this species near Sydney recently, but they used to turn up from time
to time at South Maroubra, adjoining the rifle range. Also 2 or
possibly 3 Buff-banded Rails foraging in the open in different spots on
the golf course, and a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo harried by Superb Blue
Wrens at South Maroubra. [Moderator's Note: European Greenfinch are
regular at Eastlakes in summer, disappearing in winter. This is the
first record for the season as far as I'm aware, which is much later
than usual. JB]
Fri 19 Dec Grey-fronted Honeyeater at water source Round Hill Nature
Reserve--railway line at 33 03 09S 146 13 57E
2 Grey-fronted Honeyeaters were the highlight of the many birds coming
to drink at a pool of water by the railway crossing in Round Hill NR.
Also seen coming to drink were Common Bronzewing, Mulga Parrot,
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, White-eared
Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater and a Red-capped Robin. This was
the only water I could find in the reserve and was very productive
early morning and late afternoon.
Thu 18 Dec Ground Cuckooshrike (8) Banded Lapwing (25) Road to Round
Hill NR from Lake Cargelligo
8 Ground Cuckooshrikes and 25 Banded Lapwings were observed in a field
to the left of the road from Lake Cargelligo to Round Hill NR. This
spot is about 500 meters after the tarmac road turns into an unsealed
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