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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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March 2017
Tue 28Freckled Duck
Port Wakefield
The number of Freckled Ducks at the flooded wetland has increased to at least 17.
Paul Taylor 28/3 #230497
Sat 25Wood Sandpiper
Port Wakefield
2 Wood Sandpipers at the flooded wetland. Poor distant photo of one.
Paul Taylor 25/3 #230467
Thu 23Black-faced Cormorants
Outer Harbour Breakwater, North Haven
At least 30 occupied nests along the breakwater, clustered in one short stretch. Nests were bulky but tidy-looking affairs, looked to made of compacted seaweed. Some carrying of nest material also observed. An estimated 1500 further black-faced were resting/roosting in the same area. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 23/3 #230455
Sat 18megamegaLittle Curlew
Bald Hill Beach
Single Little Curlew seen this morning at approximately 11.00am on the mud flats at Bald Hill Beach. eBird checklist
James Nicolson 18/3 #230412
highlightElegant Parrot
Narrung Ferry RV Campground.
A flock of up to 30 Elegant Parrots feeding on the ground & in sparse low trees around the campground over the past 3 days.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 18/3 #230408
Tue 14Blue-billed Duck
Port Wakefield
6 Blue-billed Ducks at the flooded wetland, with 2 males and one giving a courtship display.
Paul Taylor 14/3 #230365
Sun 12highlightScarlet-chested Parrot
Gluepot Reserve
First year Scarlet-chested Parrot observed in the south of the reserve. The lack of blue coming through on the face would suggest a female probably not more than a few months old.
Dan Pendavingh, Brett Whitfield & Els Heijenga 13/3 #230361
Thu 9Wedge-tailed Eagle
Immature seen soaring over our suburb this morning. They are common in the Adelaide Hills, but I haven't seen one over the city before. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 9/3 #230311
Wed 8highlightIntermediate Egret
Port Wakefield
One at the flooded wetland this afternoon. Rare in SA.
Paul Taylor 8/3 #230309
Mon 6Australasian Shoveler
Port Wakefield
3 or 4 shovelers at the flooded wetland. Uncommon in this area.
Paul Taylor 6/3 #230283
Sun 5Gilbert's Whistler, White-throated Needletail
Private Residence, Gawler East (restricted access)
Spent the day outdoors in the garden. Heard an unfamiliar call, best described as a long drawn out whistle, slight rise to end of first long call followed by two strident 'you-wit, you wit' notes. Began to mimic whistle over 5 minute period and could hear the bird slowly coming closer. Large grey Whistler landed in overgrown section of my native garden. Noticeably larger than Rufous Wh. and the New Holland Honeyeaters it disturbed. Overall grey/olive in appearance, peachy wash to belly, rufous patch fanning outward from beneath lower mandible , through throat and onto upper part of chest. It took a grub from the leaf litter, looked at me and flew away. Would not respond to further mimicry. Have sighted species before but the closest to Adelaide Plains/Barossa region was Swan Reach & Gluepot. Large flock of 40+ White-throated Needletail heard around 0900hrs. Too high in the sky to see with naked eye, sighted and confirmed with binoculars. Moved slowly out towards hills above South Para River.
David Hartland 5/3 #230276
Bar-tailed Godwit
Port Clinton
16 godwits this morning, the most I've seen here this season.
Paul Taylor 5/3 #230275
Wed 1White-throated Needletails and Pacific Swifts
The Granites 20km North Of Kingston SE.
A constant stream of White-throated Needletail observed flying overhead along the Coorong Coast heading Southward towards Kingston SE between 5pm & 7pm comprising many hundreds of birds. We must have seen a mixed flock as when we decided to grab a quick photo of some of the stragglers high up to attach to the report, and we only took 2 images, the second one attached here clearly shows a Fork-tailed Swift. Also Elegant Parrot in the area over the past 3 days.
Keith & Judy Humphreys 1/3 #230243

February 2017
Mon 27Double-banded Plover
Bald Hill Beach
2 Double-banded Plovers have arrived, the first time I've seen them here in February.
Paul Taylor 27/2 #230227
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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