Rare and Unusual Bird Sightings

2019

  • 25 May. Two Painted Button-quail Turnix varius, feeding along the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 19 May. Some 6 or more Acanthiza lineata lineata, South-eastern Striated Thornbill seen in the Woodland along The Southern Parkway Forster. First sighting of this species within the town of Forster.
  • 18th April. Thirteen Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor were sighted at the Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie Campus. Second Year in sucession.
  • 17 May. Some 7 or more Synoicus chinensis victoriae, Eastern King Quail flushed from the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac and a further 3 - 4 actualy within the Minimbah Nature Reserve.
  • 15th May. Two Powerful Owls, Ninox strenua observed adjacent to Post 68 Sea Acres National Park.
  • 9th May. One Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia observed along Scarborough Way Dunbogan, opposite the Dunbogan Waste Management Facility feeding on the flowers of Swamp Mahogany, Eucalyptis robusta and Broad-leaved Paperbark, Melaleuca quinquenervia.
  • 25 April. Three Little Friarbirds, Philemon citreogularis sighted in the Tuncurry Lakes Resort feeding in Caruarina glauca, Swamp Oak. This is the first occurrance of this species anywhere near Forster/Tuncurry.
  • 22 April. One Collared Sparrowhawk, Accipiter cirrocephalus were sighted along Manns Road Darawank.
  • 14th April. Four Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor were sighted in Corymbia citriodora, the Lemon Scented Gum at Lyndale Avenue Port Macquarie.
  • 11th April. One Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia was found deceased near the Lake Cathie School, Lake Cathie.
  • 6th April. One White-throated Nightjar, Eurostopodus mystacalis sighted near the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 17 March. One Turquoise Parrot, Neophema pulchella sighted along the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 1 March. One Beach Stone-curlew, Esacus magnirostris sighted along Point Road Tuncurry.
  • 19th January. One Brush Bronzwing, Phaps elegans was recorded along the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac. This is the first sighting of this species in the general area.
  • 19th January. Two Eastern Red-backed Fairy-wrens, Malurus melanocephalus melanocephalus were sighted along the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac. This is the first sighting of this species in the general area.

2018

  • 2 December. One Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Calidris pugnax seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.
  • 2 December. One Broad-billed Sandpiper, Calidris falcinellus seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.
  • 1 December. One Little Stint, Calidris minuta seen at Farquhar Inlet Mudbishops Point Old Bar.
  • 25 November. One Ruff, Calidris subruficollis seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.
  • 18 November. One Southern Little Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla megarhyncha rufogaster seen in the Grassy Head Caravan Park.
  • 23 November. One Terek Sandpiper, Xenus cinereus seen at Farquhar Inlet Mudbishops Point Old Bar.
  • 12 November. Two Australian Shelduck, Tadorna tadornoides seen at Boyters Lane Jerseyville.
  • 12 November. Two Red-rumped Parrot, Psephotus haematonotus seen at the Lakes Estate Forster. This is the only sighting of this species in Forster that I am aware of.
  • 1 November. The arrival of some 6 Onychoprion aleuticus, the Aleutian Tern at Farquhar Inlet, Mudbishops Point Old Bar.
  • 22nd October. One Black Bittern, Ixobrychus flavicollis Cattai Creek which is located directly east of Stones Oysters, Harrington Road Coopernook
  • 10 August. One Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri flew over 89 Macintosh Street Forster at about 11am. It came from the east heading west calling as it flew.
  • 22 July. One Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia seen feeding on Banksia integrifolia around the 4-wheel drive beach access carpark to Mudbishops Point. (GPS -31.962649, 152.597079).
  • 2 August. Seven or more South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoos, Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami Yarratt State Forest @ -31.759211, 152.420693
  • 16 June. Ten or more Australian Shovelers, Spatula rhynchotis rhynchotis Cattai Wetlands Coopernook.
  • 7 June. One White-fronted Tern, Sterna striata fishing around the netted beach within Tuncurry Breakwall. The bird departed about 19th July.
  • 17 June. One female Musk Duck, Biziura lobata at Cattai Wetlands. First sighting at this location
  • 17 June. Two Australian Gull-billed Terns, Gelochelidon macrotarsa sighted at Seven Mile Beach Booti Booti National Park. (GPS -32.263578, 152.533499). First sighting in this area.
  • 15 June. Two Pacific Gulls, Larus pacificus sighted at Seven Mile Beach Booti Booti National Park. (GPS -32.263578, 152.533499). First sighting in this area.
  • 29 May. One Red-backed Kingfisher, Todiramphus pyrrhopygius at 595 Belmore River North Bank Road, Gladstone. Seen by the author 25th June at the same address.
  • 22 May. 'Leucistic' Little Wattlebird, Anthochaera chrysoptera Tuncurry Breakwall in Banksia integrifolia
  • 17 May. Thirty two Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor observed at front of Lot 22 Tallong Drive Lake Cathie in Forest Red Gum, Eucalyptus tereticornis which were also not in flower. The birds were seen feeding on lerps.
  • 5 May. Thirty eight or more Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor sighted in the the western end of the southern carpark of Coles on Major Innes Drive Lake Innes Port Macquarie. They were present mainly in the Forest Red Gums, Eucalyptus tereticornis which were not in flower. The birds appeared to be feeding on lerps. Two were sighted at 4.21 pm followed by flocks of 5, 7 and various other numbers.
  • 20th January. One Southern Pale-yellow Robin, Tregellasia capito capito observed along the track to Potoroo Falls Tapin Tops National Park.
  • 6th January. Two nesting Forest Kingfishers, Todiramphus macleayii at Fernbank Creek Port Macquarie.
  • 2nd January. Two Gang-gang Cockatoos, Callocephalon fimbriatum were recorded on the track east of The Whoota Whoota Lookout in the Wallingat National Park. It would appear that this is the first record of the species in this National Park and in the surrounding general area.

2017

  • 29 December. One Calidris pugnax, Ruff at Stockton Sandspit
  • 28 December. One Xanthomyza phrygia, Regent Honeyeater at Barry Park Fingal Bay Port Stephens
  • 23 December. Seven Neophema pulchella, Turquoise Parrots observed along the Dunshea Trail Mungo Brush Myall Lakes National Park
  • 23 December. Two Phaps elegans, Brush Bronzewings observed along the Dunshea Trail Mungo Brush Myall Lakes National Park
  • 22nd December. One Botaurus poiciloptilus, Australasian Bittern at Googik Heritage Walking Track Port Macquarie
  • 22nd December. One Ixobrychus dubius, Australian Little Bittern at Googik Heritage Walking Track Port Macquarie
  • 17 December. Some 5 or more Synoicus chinensis victoriae, Eastern King Quail flushed from the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 17 December. Two or more Cacomantis variolosus, Brush Cuckoos heard along the road within The Minimbah Nature Reserve Nabiac. First record for this species within this area.
  • 11th December. The arrival of some 13 to 18 Onychoprion aleuticus, the Aleutian Tern at Farquhar Inlet, Mudbishops Point Old Bar. They departed in late May 2018.
  • 21st November. A Pale-vented Bush-hen, Amaurornis moluccana was heard and subsequently photographed in December at Lower Pappinbarra in the Hastings District. In all two were seen.
  • 13 November. One Calidris melanotos, Pectoral Sandpiper within the Cattai Creek Wetland which is located west of Stones Oysters, Harrington Road Coopernook
  • 9 November. Two Pluvialis fulva, Pacific Golden Plovers within the tidal pond located on the Forster side of the Forster Breakwall. This is the first record of this species in Forster.
  • 1 November. One Calidris pugnax, Ruff within the Cattai Creek Wetland which is located west of Stones Oysters, Harrington Road Coopernook
  • 4 October. One juvenile Cincloramphus mathewsi, Rufous Songlark observed along the main road leading through The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 4 October. Some 2 or more Heteroscenes pallidus, Pallid Cuckoos observed along the main road leading through The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 2 October. A single Turnix varius, Painted Button-quail encountered along Seale Road Belmore Swamp. This is the first record of this species at this site.
  • 25 September. A Large mixed flock of some 300 or more Artamus superciliousus, White-browed Woodswallow and Artamus personatus, Masked Woodswallow over the Towship of Forster. They persisted for some 5 hours and were never seen again
  • 4th September. There was a sighting of a single Haematopus fuliginosus x ophthalmicus a hybrid of The Northern and Southern Sooty Oystercatcher on the Tuncurry Breakwall
  • 19 August. Some 1 or more Tyto longimembris, Eastern Grass Owl flushed from the road leading to the Minimbah Nature Reserve within The Minimbah Sand Plain Nabiac.
  • 17 July. Some 31 or more Torresian Wandering Whistling-Ducks, Dendrocygna arcuata australis in the pond at the 18th Hole, Emerald Downs Golf Course Port Macquarie
  • 17 July. Some 18 or more Freckled Ducks, Stictonetta naevosa in the pond at the 18th Hole, Emerald Downs Golf Course Port Macquarie
  • 17 July. Two Barn Owls, Tyto javanica dead on the side of the Pacific Highway just before the turn off to Harrington.
  • 6 January. One Lewin's Rail, Lewinia pectoralis encountered along Seale Road Belmore Swamp.

2016

  • 9th December. Southern Boob ooks, Ninox boobook in Blackbutt, Marcel Terry Reserve Hind Avenue Forster. 1 Female and 3 Fledgelings
  • 17 November. One Powerful Owl, Ninox strenua The Southern Parkway Forster.
  • 11 November. One Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos Black Head Littoral Rainforest, Western pocket opposite Black Head Bowling Club.
  • 10 November. Two or more Spectacled Monarchs, Symposiachrus trivirgatus Manning River Edge adjacent to Vic Shoesmith Reserve Manning Point.
  • 3 November. Two or more Satin Flycatchers, Myiagra cyanoleuca Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Track Seal Rocks Myall Lakes National Park
  • 12th October. Two Spotted Pardalotes, Pardalotus punctatus Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Track Seal Rocks Myall Lakes National Park
  • 6th October. Nine or more Wompoo Fruit-doves, Ptilinopus magnificus Maynard Meadows Road Hannam Vale in Ficus macrophylla subsp macrophylla
  • 28th August. 'Leucistic' Little Wattlebird, Anthochaera chrysoptera Tuncurry Breakwall in Banksia integrifolia
  • 19th May. Two Regent Honeyeaters, Anthochaera phrygia at the football field, Dariah Street Lake Cathie. Last sighting was on 25rd August
  • 17th May. One Peaceful Dove, Geopelia placida Neranie Car Park Seal Rocks Myall Lakes National Park
  • 12th May. One Little Eagle, Hieraaetus morphnoides above Ramada Resort Diamond Beach Hallidays Point
  • 21st March. Two Brolgas, Grus rubicunda Boyters Lane Jerseyville

2015

  • 29th October. One Cicadabird, Coracina tenuirostris Janies Corner, Booti Booti National Park.
  • 21st July. One Noisy Pitta, Pitta versicolor Bennetts Head, Forster
  • 2nd June. Two Regent Honeyeaters, Anthochaera phrygia at the football field, Dariah Street Lake Cathie. Last sighting was on 23rd August
  • 18 April. Seven White-winged Choughs, Corcorax melanorhamphos in woodland along Glenthorn Road Glenthorn Taree
2014

  • 3rd February. One Painted Honeyeater, Grantiella picta at Cattai Wetlands Coopernook.
2012

  • 2nd May. One Pacific Bazza, Aviceda subcristata at Browns Creek Bicentennial Gardens Taree.

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