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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.

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Recent Sightings


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December 2014
Wed 17highlightLewin's Rail
Black Swamp (Currency Creek Winery)
6 individuals heard calling within a 50m area where the trail crosses the watercourse by the rail bridge. eBird checklist
Thomas Jaensch 18/12 #221375
Sun 14White-necked Heron
Highland Valley
On 14/12/14 I saw a White-Necked Heron flying southwest from a neighbour's dam at Highland Valley on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges SA. I observed the bird through binoculars for about 45 seconds until it disappeared over a ridge. The species was clearly identified by its folded neck, dark back & wing plumage, white front & white spots on the leading edges of its wings. This is only the second sighting of this species I've had in 27 years here, the last being in September 1994 after a very wet winter & before an extremely wet December. Currently, we're experiencing a very dry December after a very dry spring so I've observed the species in two weather extremes. eBird checklist
Adrian Watkins 15/12 #221355
Sun 7Pectoral Sandpiper
Barrage Rd, Goolwa
Single bird in the company of multiple Sharp-tailed Sandpipers & Red-necked Stints next to the boat ramp at Beacon 19. eBird checklist
Martin Stokes 7/12 #221236
Diamond Firetail
Halbury, 13km east of Balaklava
3 birds by small creek. A local resident has seen up to 5.
Paul Taylor 7/12 #221223
Fri 5Glossy Ibis
Clayton Bay
Three adult birds feeding in shallow water on the edge of wetland area south of Clayton-Finniss Road just on the outskirts of the town eBird checklist
Martin Stokes 5/12 #221184
Mon 1Semi-palmated Plover
Carpenter Rocks
This immaculate bird located quickly, initially on outer reef but then it appeared on beach just east of Pelican Point, and fed there peacefully along shoreline with red-necked stints, after some brief aggression from resident red-capped plovers. eBird checklist
Richard Loyn 2/12 #221142

November 2014
Sun 30Pectoral Sandpiper
Greenfields--Magazine Rd Wetlands
Bird still present as previously reported , about 50m NE of bird hide, also good numbers of Wood Sandpiper at least 6 birds present. eBird checklist
William Brooker 30/11 #221095
Fri 28Pectoral Sandpiper, Lathams Snipe
Magazine Road Wetlands, Dry Creek
one of each eBird checklist
Jim Allen, Richard Allen et al 30/11 #221094
Semipalmated plover
Pelican Point, Carpenters Rocks
At 6am this morning at high tide we had excellent and extended views of the bird feeding along the shore line. It was located 200 metres west of the point near a single black rock on the beach near the boat ramp. Unperturbed by our presence it came within 20 metres of us. When it eventually flushed it flew off with a small flock of stints in a westerly direction. We had not been able to find it the previous evening when the tide was low. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 28/11 #221053
Mon 24Hooded Plover
Hooded Plover seen along the beach on Sunday/Monday opposite 50 Gold Coast Drive. Sunday seen on beach right in front of the Car Park. Monday further up the beach around the corner past the Rocks. Only 1 bird seen both days. eBird checklist
Lance Peters 24/11 #221016
Semipalmated Plover
Pelican Point, Carpenter Rocks
Semipalmated Plover see close inshore near yellow and blue beach house. eBird checklist
Mark Buckby, Iian Denham and Dave Torr 24/11 #221012
Sun 23Semipalmated Plover
Pelican Point, Carpenters Rocks
Finally found at 11.30am after slow wading out towards reef, very active bird compared to the stints and red caps near by. also present many noisy Crested Terns, a hand full of Fairy Terns, two Bar-tailed Godwits and 1 Australian Hobby that scattered the small shorebirds off the seaweed heap eBird checklist
Samantha Greiner 24/11 #221015
Semipalmated Plover
Pelican Point, Carpenter Rocks
The bird was seen by myself and 2 others this morning at 9am. It was situated on a small sandy bank about 200 meters out. It did not flush and was in the company of a flock of Red-capped Plovers. eBird checklist
Ben Weston 23/11 #220995
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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