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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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September 2015
Tue 1Pallid Cuckoo
7 kms North of Bowmans
A single bird, the first seen in this area for many years.
Paul Taylor 1/9 #224415
Gull-billed Tern
Port Arthur, Clinton CP.
One G-b Tern, a scarce visitor here.
Paul Taylor 1/9 #224414
Whimbrel
Port Arthur, Clinton CP.
A single Whimbrel, rarely seen at this location.
Paul Taylor 1/9 #224413
Eastern Curlew
Port Arthur, Clinton CP.
Quite a large flock of 31 Eastern Curlews.
Paul Taylor 1/9 #224412
Common Greenshank
Port Clinton
A fairly numerous wader but a flock of about 30 here is a little unusual.
Paul Taylor 1/9 #224409

August 2015
Tue 25Common Sandpiper
Port Wakefield
One feeding by mangroves at the wharf. Solitary birds seen at this location in past years.
Paul Taylor 25/8 #224317
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Port Wakefield area
At least 3 near Bald Hill beach, and another 2 at Port Wakefield. All birds very vocal.
Paul Taylor 25/8 #224316
Sun 23Red Knot
Bald Hill Beach
Migratory waders arriving early were 3 Red Knots and at least 80 Red-necked Stints. Also here overwintering were 12 Bar-tailed Godwits and 5 Grey Plovers, and just one Double-banded Plover.
Paul Taylor 23/8 #224294
Sat 22megamegaBeach Stone-curlew
Port MacDonnell
Additional information received today indicates the bird was sighted at Cape Douglas near Port MacDonnell. Bird sighted/reported to me by Paula Tsernjavski.
David Hartland (for Paula Tsernjavski) 23/8 #224287
Wed 19Olive-backed Oriole
Chowilla Regional Reserve
Helga Kieskamp 20/8 #224269
Tue 18highlightPlumed Whistling-Duck
Banrock Station Wetlands
Along the short section of boardwalk a lone whistling duck was perched amongst a large number of grey teals with some chestnut teals and black ducks. First record in more than a decade for the site. Observed with Matt Crawford, photos taken eBird checklist
Tim Field 18/8 #224242
Sun 16Lewin's Rail, Spotless Crake
Finniss River at Alexandrina Road bridge
A round of strong calling just before sunset, involving five Lewin's Rails: one pair either side of the old road bridge and a 5th bird 80-100 m downstream. Two Lewin's Rails were seen briefly as they flew weakly across the creek. Habitat was tall, dry dense Phragmites reeds in and beside the creek channel, contiguous with extensive reed-sedge cover on floodplain both sides of the channel; some eucalypts along the channel; water flowing swiftly, low in the channel. Several Spotless Crakes were heard in reed-sedge swamp nearby.
Roger Jaensch 18/8 #224240
Bar-tailed Godwit, Double-banded Plover, Little Egret
Bald Hill Beach
Birds of interest this afternoon were 15 Bar-tailed Godwits (probably over wintered) , 6 Double-banded Plovers still here (all breeding plumage), and about 10 Red-necked Stints (maybe early arrivals as at least one showing some breeding plumage). Also a pair of Little Egrets, one courting the other with a stretch display. And the Pied Oystercatchers were mating again.
Paul Taylor 16/8 #224226
Thu 13(possible) Channel-billed Cuckoo
Lyndoch Primary School
Large, long grey bird with long, broad bill flew over school site during lunch break. Broad, raptor-like wings and long tail seen in flight. For a second I thought it was a Kookaburra but was longer, slimmer in build and just odd looking - clearly not a Kookaburra. Flight was swift and direct and headed into dense planting of Eucalypts and Pines (all 10m +) Familiar with species through sightings in NT. No call heard.
David Hartland 14/8 #224199
Sun 9Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
10 km south of Port Wakefield
One T-c Honeyeater in revegetated area. Rarely seen around here. At nearby Bald Hill beach there were 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Grey Plovers, 11 Fairy Terns and mating Pied Oystercatchers.
Paul Taylor 9/8 #224118
Sat 8Diamond Firetail
Halbury scrub
A pair here today, and a few have been in this area since last December. Other birds of interest were 12 Dusky Woodswallows, about 6 Brown Treecreepers and 2 Mistletoebirds.
Paul Taylor 8/8 #224113
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