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October 2014
Thu 16highlightEastern Koel
Paradise, SA
I joined Birds in Backyard last year when I discovered a pair of Eastern Koels in my backyard - quite a rarity as I live in Adelaide and apparently it is quite unusual to find them so far south. They arrived in September and I realised in March that I had not heard them for a while so am guessing they left about then, which fits their usual pattern. This year, however, I have only seen and heard the male for the last 2 weeks, with neither sight not sound of the female. My question is this ..... Is she likely to join him? ie. do they migrate separately and meet up at their destination or, do they normally migrate as a pair? If the former, then I am hoping the female arrives in the next couple of weeks. If the latter, then I am assuming that something has happened to the female en route and the male is in for a long, lonely summer. Can anyone shed any light on this? I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's going to be heartbreaking listening to him calling in vain for the next 4 months if he is never going to get a response. I am reporting this as someone suggested on the forum eBird checklist
Rachel Neale 16/10 #220298
Tue 14highlightHooded Robin
8 kms SW of Balaklava
A pair feeding one recently fledged young. Hooded Robins are now rare on Adelaide Plains.
Paul Taylor 15/10 #220272
Sat 11Arctic Tern
Port MacDonnell
Single bird roosting with numerous crested tern and fairy tern on low-lying reef just to the west of breakwater. (Apologies for the delay.) Thanks to Bob Green and others for reporting this bird. eBird checklist
Michael Wood 17/10 #220302
Sun 5Arctic Tern
Port MacDonnell
Presumably the same bird seen 28/9/14. Seen on reef west of the breakwater with Crested Terns & Great Cormorants. eBird checklist
Kevin Bartram, Colin Rogers 7/10 #220126
Sat 4highlightWhite-throated Gerygone
Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park campground
One adult calling & seen eBird checklist
Jim Allen 8/10 #220150
Thu 2Short-tailed Grasswren
Mt.Ives Station
At least one bird located and photographed on the track up to the top of Mt.Ives. Not far from the top on the rocky track. We were on foot and found the bird about 7am. It was located by Ken Haines. It presented extremely well as indicated from the photo. eBird checklist
Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines 3/10 #220043
highlightPrincess Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot
Mamungari Conservation Park
Princess Parrots were found at two locations in Mamungari Conservation Park (also known as ‘Un-named Conservation Park) in the Great Victoria Desert. Three groups of 2-8 individuals were observed in the vicinity of the mid-point of the park along the Anne Beadell Hwy, 525 km west of Coober Pedy. Another group of eight individuals was encountered on the western edge of the park. Equally exciting, at least a dozen sightings of Scarlet-chested Parrots were made over a two-day period – very widely dispersed, from approximately 50km east of Mamungari, right through the park, and to beyond the WA border. The SCPs were seen as individuals, and groups of two to four birds only. A large proportion appeared to be immature. Additionally, although the ‘targeted’ new Taipan species Oxyuranus temporalis has not yet been found, we did find and photograph a very unusual, large (1.8m) elapid snake genus Pseudechis in Mamungari for which identification is very perplexing. Near-black dorsally and peppered with yellow spots. It was quite elongate, with small narrow head, so could easily be mistaken for something in Pseudonaja (Brown Snakes), or even Oxyuranus. Mamungari was intended to be only a stopover on the very rough eastern stretch of the Anne Beadell Hwy (goat track!), but proved to have some of the most impressive birding habitat I’ve seen during this very extensively travelled year. It is neither overly burnt nor grazed, and is an incredibly beautiful area. Next stop ‘The Junction’. John Weigel and Murray Scott
John Weigel and Murray Scott 3/10 #220041
Orange Chat, Crimson Chat, White-fronted Chat
Boolcoomata Station
Spotted all three species of chat on the drive in to Boolcoomata Station.
Andrew O'Brien 3/10 #220033

September 2014
Tue 30Grey Falcon
Birdsville Track--Marree to Mungerannie
One pair seen on a communications tower south of Mungerannie.
Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines 4/10 #220064
Mon 29highlightGrey Grasswren
Birdsville area
3 Grey Grasswren in lignum on the side of the road south of Birdsville on the Birdsville Track.
Ken Haines and Bernie OKeefe 5/10 #220078
Sun 28highlightArctic Tern
Port MacDonnell
eBird checklist
Bob Green 30/9 #219975
Cattle Egret
Springbank wetland, Burton
3, one in breeding plumage, flew in to join mixed flock on island sheltering in high winds. This wetland is part of a suburban park off Springbank Road and downstream (SW, 1km) of Kaurna Park wetland. Earlier flushed a single Latham Snipe from grassy flat near outlet from KP. eBird checklist
Jim Allen 28/9 #219929
Fri 26Gibberbird
Coober Pedy area
One Gibberbird located on the William Creek Rd from Coober Pedy, 46 kms from the turn off from the highway heading towards William Creek. It was on the left hand side of the road. eBird checklist
Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines 4/10 #220061
Wed 24Thick-billed Grasswren
Memorial off Stuart Hwy, S of Coober Pedy
A number of Thick-billed Grasswrens calling strongly just after dawn at the Memorial site about 12 kms south of Coober Pedy. Most were about 450 meters from the Memorial directly behind from the highway. eBird checklist
Bernie OKeefe and Ken Haines 4/10 #220059
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