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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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January 2017
Wed 18highlightElegant Parrot
15 km SW of Balaklava
At least 60 Elegant Parrots in 3 small patches of mallee. Almost all were immature.
Paul Taylor 18/1 #229846
Mon 16Black-tailed Native-Hen
Port Wakefield
One on flooded part of golf course. First one seen in this area for a couple of years.
Paul Taylor 16/1 #229821
Musk Duck
Port Wakefield
One female/ immature Musk Duck on flooded area on eastern side of town. Infrequently seen around here. Poor distant photo.
Paul Taylor 16/1 #229820
Wed 11Hooded Plover
Carrickalinga Beach
Single adult searching for food amongst seaweed on the beach. Observed the bird for about five minutes before a dog chased it away.
Ziggy Wolinski 11/1 #229776
Sat 7Gull-billed Tern (Asian race affinis)
Murray River Mouth
Found a single Tern of this sub-species in winter plumage roosting amongst Silver Gulls. Obviously smaller size and relatively short legs were apparent compared to resident breeding birds
Dave & Sue Harper and Chris Steeles 10/1 #229753
Little Tern
Murray River Mouth - Sugar Beach
Found 3 Little Terns amongst a large group of 50+ Fairy Terns and 100+ Greater Crested Terns loafing on a sandbar opposite the Murray Mouth.
Dave & Sue Harper and Chris Steeles 10/1 #229752
Long-toed Stint and White-winged Black Terns
Tolderol Game Reserve
Found a Long-toed Stint amongst a mixed flock of Sharp-tailed and Curlew Sandpipers foraging amongst the samphire of pond 11. The terns were roosting amongst dozens of Whiskered Terns on pond 15.
Dave & Sue Harper and Chris Steeles 10/1 #229751
Fri 6Glossy Ibis (4) and Wood Sandpiper
Whyalla Sewage Ponds
Late this morning we flushed 4 Glossy Ibis from a drain crossing a track adjacent to the sewage ponds. It wasn't until we posted our eBird list that we realised this sighting is rare for Whyalla so we returned later this afternoon and took photos. A Wood Sandpiper was feeding with the ibis. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 6/1 #229715
Tue 3Musk Duck, Royal Spoonbill
Tokuremoar Reserve
Male Musk Duck and 2 Royal Spoonbill in breeding plumage present in the parts of this coastal reserve flooded by the recent heavy rains. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 5/1 #229697
Australasian Bushlark
2 singing at dawn at either end of a samphire flat just behind the dunes. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 5/1 #229696
Glossy Ibis
Port Wakefield
6 Glossy Ibis now in the flooded area off Phillips Road.
Paul Taylor 3/1 #229678
Sun 1Glossy Ibis
Port Wakefield
One at a flooded area by the golf course. Rarely seen here, only my second record for the Port Wakefield district.
Paul Taylor 1/1 #229663
Bar-tailed Godwit
Port Clinton, Yorke Peninsula
7 godwits this morning. Fairly scarce in Gulf St. Vincent this spring and summer.
Paul Taylor 1/1 #229659

December 2016
Tue 27highlightGlossy Ibis
Whicker Road Wetland
Feeding on narrow grassy spit in middle of pool opposite the gravel end of Whicker Road eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 27/12 #229611
Mon 26White-backed Swallow
9 km east of Mallala
A pair of White-backed Swallows, probably breeding, by the River Light. Uncommon on Adelaide Plains.
Paul Taylor 26/12 #229604
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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