November 1 - 7, 2020: Issue 472


Over 5 million birds counted: Aussie Bird Count 2020 - Local by postcode statistics for our area

Australians have a great love of birds as shown by this years record birds sighted total of 5, 031, 677 in the 2020 Aussie Back Yard Bird Count. Residents of Pittwater are also among those with a high regard for birdlife, with trees, heathlands, shore and wetland birds featuring among this years birds sighted. With all birds species from Fairy Penguins to Fairy Wrens and residents who live alongside waterways, beaches, bush reserves, heathlands or on the verge of a National Park, even for those birds misidentified, a great compilation and reflection of our local birdlife is seen again in this years' species lists.

Altogether 1200 checklists were submitted from Palm Beach to Seaforth and all points in between and a total of 31, 399 birds were sighted by those participating. The species list, possibly incomplete, as derived from these lists, runs below. 

The counts submitted are up on 2019, and as local Bird Walks and Talks seem to book out within days of being listed, residents watching out for our local birds seems to be on the rise. We have seen usually inland birds turn up in the area after last Summers' fires but not too many of the annual seasonal visitors, apart from cuckoos, have been spotted as yet. The Shearwaters are known to have been under stress for a few years now - hopefully reports of them being sighted in Victoria and Tasmania come to hand soon, but none of the usual visitors to Careel Bay, Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis, Whimbrel N. phaeopus and Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica, appear on this years' lists either.

Eastern Curlew at Careel Bay foreshore in October 2011 - A J Guesdon photo

Hopefully the extent of species still listed this Bird Count gives some good cheer to residents who have again this week sent in instances of birds being chased and mauled by dogs in our area - please; if you are taking your dog alongside the lagoon, keep it on a leash. As most highly bird populated areas along the peninsula are Wildlife Preservation Areas, or even when taking your dog to the dog park via Careel Creek track behind the high school, if you keep it on a leash rather than letting go in the creek where birds live, next years' count may show a return of what's missing but was once here. Ditto our beaches and estuarine foreshores. A little less selfishness will lead to a lot more birds. Bear in mind your dog already has a home and where and when you find birds, you are in theirs.

Red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) - an insect eater, photographed at Careel Bay playing field 3-4 in January 2018; now not present.

The 2020 statistics:

2108: Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Great Mackerel Beach, Currawong Beach, Coasters Retreat
Checklists submitted 39
Species sighted 63
Birds Sighted 793

2107: Avalon Beach, Bilgola, Careel Bay, Clareville, Paradise Beach, Taylors Point
Checklists submitted 140
Species sighted 69
Birds Sighted 3,528

2106: Newport
Checklists submitted 83
Species sighted 40
Birds Sighted 2,296

2105: Church Point, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and Scotland Island
Checklists submitted 27
Species sighted 29
Birds Sighted  500

2104: Bayview
Checklists submitted 37
Species sighted 73
Birds Sighted 898

2103: Mona Vale
Checklists submitted 105
Species sighted 57
Birds Sighted 2,743

2102: Warriewood
Checklists submitted 39
Species sighted 59
Birds Sighted 1,298

2101: Elanora Heights, Ingleside, Narrabeen, Narrabeen Peninsula and North Narrabeen
Checklists submitted 112
Species sighted 89
Birds Sighted 2,483

2100: Brookvale, Allambie Heights, Beacon Hill, Oxford Falls, North Manly
Checklists submitted 120
Species sighted 84
Birds Sighted 3,448

2099: Cromer, Dee Why, Narraweena, North Curl Curl, Wingala
Checklists submitted 150
Species sighted 64
Birds Sighted 2,905

2097: Collaroy, Collaroy Beach, Collaroy Plateau West, Long Reef and Wheeler Heights (Collaroy Plateau was designated as a separate suburb in 1977 with a postcode of 2098, but was reassigned as a locality within Collaroy in 1984)
Checklists submitted 56
Species sighted 73
Birds Sighted 1,609

2096: Curl Curl, Harbord and Queenscliff
Checklists submitted 63
Species sighted 43
Birds Sighted 1,032

2095: Manly and Manly East
Checklists submitted 109
Species Sighted 60
Birds Sighted 3, 338

2094: Fairlight
Checklists submitted 10 
Species sighted 20
Birds Sighted 160

2093: Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Clontarf, Manly Vale and North Balgowlah
Checklists submitted 77
Species sighted 81
Birds Sighted 3,736

2092: Seaforth
Checklists submitted 33
Species sighted 43
Birds Sighted 632

Species List

Australasian Darter, Anhinga novaehollandiae

Australasian Figbird, Sphecotheres vieilloti

Australian Brush-turkey, Alectura lathami

Australian King-Parrot, Alisterus scapularis

Australian Magpie, Cracticus tibicen

Australian Owlet-nightjar, Aegotheles cristatus

Australian Pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus

Australian Pied Oystercatcher, Haematopus longirostris

Australian Raven, Corvus coronoides

Australian White Ibis, Threskiornis molucca

Australian Wood Duck, Chenonetta jubata

Azure Kingfisher, Ceyx azurea

Banded Lapwing, Vanellus tricolor

Bar-shouldered Dove, Geopelia humeralis

Barking Owl, Ninox connivens

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica

Bell Miner, Manorina melanophrys

Black Currawong, Strepera fuliginosa

Black Duck-Mallard hybrid, 

Black Swan, Cygnus atratus

Black-faced Cormorant, Phalacrocorax fuscescens

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina novaehollandiae

Brown Gerygone, Gerygone mouki

Brown Goshawk, Accipiter fasciatus

Brown Honeyeater, Lichmera indistincta

Brown Thornbill, Acanthiza pusilla

Brown-headed Honeyeater, Melithreptus brevirostris

Buff-banded Rail, Hypotaenidia philippensis

Channel-billed Cuckoo, Scythrops novaehollandiae

Common Bronzewing, Phaps chalcoptera

Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis

Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos

Crested Pigeon, Ocyphaps lophotes

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Diamond Dove, Geopelia cuneata

Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis

Double-banded Plover, Charadrius bicinctus

Dusky Moorhen, Gallinula tenebrosa

Dusky Woodswallow, Artamus cyanopterus

Eastern Koel, Eudynamys scolopacea

Eastern Rosella, Platycercus eximius

Eastern Whipbird, Psophodes olivaceus

Eastern Yellow Robin, Eopsaltria australis

Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra

Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Cacomantis flabelliformis

Fork-tailed Swift, Apus pacificus

Freckled Duck, Stictonetta naevosa

Galah, Eolophus roseicapillus

Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus lathami

Golden Whistler, Pachycephala pectoralis

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo

Great Egret, Ardea alba

Grey Butcherbird, Cracticus torquatus

Grey Currawong, Strepera versicolor

Grey Fantail, Rhipidura fuliginosa

Grey Plover, Pluvialis squatarola

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus

Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae

Leaden Flycatcher, Myiagra rubecula

Little Black Cormorant, Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Little Corella, Cacatua sanguinea

Little Eagle, Hieraaetus morphnoides

Little Pied Cormorant, Microcarbo melanoleucos

Little Raven, Corvus mellori

Little Tern, Sternula albifrons

Little Wattlebird, Anthochaera chrysoptera

Magpie-lark, Grallina cyanoleuca

Masked Lapwing, Vanellus miles

Muscovy Duck, Cairina moschata

Musk Lorikeet, Glossopsitta concinna

Nankeen Kestrel, Falco cenchroides

New Holland Honeyeater, Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

Noisy Friarbird, Philemon corniculatus

Noisy Miner, Manorina melanocephala

Northern Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos

Osprey, Pandion cristatus

Pacific Black Duck, Anas superciliosa

Pacific Gull, Larus pacificus

Pied Butcherbird, Cracticus nigrogularis

Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius

Pied Currawong, Strepera graculina

Powerful Owl, Ninox strenua

Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio

Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus moluccanus

Red Goshawk, Erythrotriorchis radiatus

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus banksii

Red-winged Parrot, Aprosmictus erythropterus

Red Wattlebird, Anthochaera carunculata

Rock Dove, Columba livia

Royal Spoonbill, Platalea regia

Rufous Fantail, Rhipidura rufifrons

Rufous Whistler, Pachycephala rufiventris

Sacred Kingfisher, Todiramphus sanctus

Scarlet Honeyeater, Myzomela sanguinolenta

Silvereye, Zosterops lateralis

Silver Gull, Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Sooty Tern, Onychoprion fuscata

Southern Boobook, Ninox boobook

Spotted Dove, Streptopelia chinensis

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua galerita

Superb Fairy-wren, Malurus cyaneus

Superb Lyrebird, Menura novaehollandiae

Swift Parrot, Lathamus discolor

Tawny Frogmouth, Podargus strigoides

Variegated Fairy-wren, Malurus lamberti

Wedge-tailed Eagle, Aquila audax

Welcome Swallow, Hirundo neoxena

Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus

White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster

White-browed Scrubwren, Sericornis frontalis

White-faced Heron, Egretta novaehollandiae

White-throated Gerygone, Gerygone olivacea

Willie Wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys

Yellow Wattlebird, Anthochaera paradoxa

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Zanda funereus

Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia guttata

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus, above Lovett Bay, October 2020 - photo by Joe Mills

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus, above Lovett Bay, October 2020 - photos by Kevin Murray