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Birdline South Australia

Birdline South Australia is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline South Australia is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Peter Waanders and Simon Starr.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
December 2016
Thu 8Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Near Nantawarra
One YTBC at a homestead. Rarely reported north of Adelaide, with this location more than 100 kms north. (Poor photo).
Paul Taylor per Richard Maxwell 9/12 #229464
Tue 6Whiskered Tern
Port Clinton, Yorke Peninsula
Just 2 of this usually numerous tern here over spring and summer, but so far this season they have been sparse in northern Gulf St. Vincent. Most are probably on inland wetlands.
Paul Taylor 6/12 #229429
Fri 2Great Knot
Thompson Beach (Dublin)
2 Great Knots on the beach at the southern end of Thompson Beach. ID confirmed by white, not barred rump visible in flight.
Peter Waanders and 3 others 3/12 #229406

November 2016
Sat 26highlightBrahminy Kite
Lock 4 between Berri and Loxton
Seen gliding low over the forest opposite the Lock 4 park then landed in a tree, white head, chestnut back with definite black finger tip wings, open to suggestions if not what I thought it was? (This would be the second report in SA according to eBird if confirmed.)
Adrian Smith 27/11 #229341
Thu 24Nullarbor Quail Thrush
Nullarbor Roadhouse
Located a group of 6 birds this afternoon on a dirt track approximately 8 kms from the roadhouse. Flushed another single bird approximately 4 kms from the Roadhouse. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 24/11 #229311
Wed 23Laughing Gull
Venus Bay Caravan Park
Confirming that the bird is still present. eBird checklist
Hedley & Irena Earl 24/11 #229310
Tue 22Ruddy Turnstones, other waders
Thompson Beach (Dublin)
At least 40 Turnstones here in dull conditions this morning. Other waders were 9 Eastern Curlews, 20+ Curlew Sandpipers, 7 Grey Plovers, 20 Greenshanks, one Red Knot, one Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and flocks totaling an estimated 700 Red-necked Stints.
Paul Taylor 22/11 #229292
Brown Quail
Thompson Beach (Dublin)
One Brown Quail on road by the beach.
Paul Taylor 22/11 #229291
Mon 21Whimbrel
Bald Hill Beach
One Whimbrel, rarely seen here, with 12 Eastern Curlews.
Paul Taylor 21/11 #229281
Curlew Sandpiper
Bald Hill Beach
9 Curlew Sandpipers and a few more Sharp-tailed Sandpipers here this morning.
Paul Taylor 21/11 #229280
Wed 16megamegaAsian Dowitcher
Foxs Lake, Robe
Whilst on holidays at Robe S.A., my wife and I went to the bird hide at Fox Lake, just out of town. It discharges to the ocean about 150 meters from the hide. Directly in front of the hide,( about 15 meters) we saw 20+ Marsh Sandpipers, 6+ Latham's Snipe numerous ducks and were able to identify a single Asian Dowitcher. Further identification notes: The reason I am positive the bird was an Asian Dowitcher are as follows: The field guides I used were Pizzey and Knight’s Birds of Australia and Shorebirds Identification Booklet. The bird was with Marsh Sandpipers and I was able to compare the size to each other. The colouring etc matched the images in the guides and others. It was in the non breeding phase. It was only about 15 meters in front of me and the light was good. The clincher was its beak. It was much thicker than the Marsh Sandpiper , about twice the length of its head and the end was swollen at the tip (flaired out for the last 10 to 15 mm). It was smaller than a Bar Tailed Godwit and had a shorter neck.
Ian Holwell 28/11 #229352
Mon 14highlightGrey Plover, Eastern Curlew, other waders
Bald Hill Beach
The number of Grey Plovers has increased here to 38 this afternoon. Other migratory waders were 11 Eastern Curlews, 8 turnstones, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, one Common Greenshank and just 2 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers amongst more than 100 Red-necked Stints.
Paul Taylor 14/11 #229228
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