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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.

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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

March 2015
Fri 20Elegant Parrots, Osprey
Arno Bay Boardwalk
Elegant parrorts (20) at the Pines on the end of the Boardwalk. Osprey eating fish at the beach end. Also many kingfishers, singing honeyeater, red-capped plover (40+), stints, hoary-headed grebe Further information
Robert Shore 20/3 #222641
Common Sandpiper
Cowell Estuary
Seen early this morning on the breakwater at Cowell Bay. It was first on the tyres in the turn around area where the fishing boats are launched. Flew off to southern breakwater wall. Further information
Robert Shore 20/3 #222640
Sun 15Bar-tailed Godwit, Double-banded Plover
Bald Hill Beach
A return visit this afternoon added 70 Bar-tailed Godwits, with a few in breeding plumage. Updating my earlier report, there was also 1 Double-banded Plover.
Paul Taylor 15/3 #222564
highlightRed Knot
Bald Hill Beach
A large flock of about 400 Red Knots this morning. Also present were 80 Caspian Terns, 20 Grey Plovers, 1 Eastern Curlew and 1 Great Knot. And several of the usual turnstones, as usual turning stones. No Double-banded Plovers seen as yet, as this is a regular winter location.
Paul Taylor 15/3 #222559
Mon 9Red Knot, Great Knot, Grey Plover
Bald Hill Beach
A flock of about 30 Red Knots, with some acquiring breeding plumage, plus 3 or 4 Great Knots, often with 18 Grey Plovers and 6 Bar-tailed Godwits. Other birds of interest were 1 Grey-tailed Tattler, 2 Pied Oystercatchers, 20 turnstones, 1 Little Egret, 30 pelicans and only 2 Sharpies and 1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst dozens of stints. Also present, right on time, were some pesky March flies.
Paul Taylor 9/3 #222481
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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