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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 David Harper, Margaret Alcorn, Peter Waanders and Simon Starr.

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December 2018
Fri 14White-bellied Sea-eagle
Whites Road Wetland (Bolivar)
2nd-3rd year/Sub-adult. Flew in from north and circled around lake briefly until chased off by silver gulls. Flew out west towards the Torrens Island/Barker Inlet general area.
Jeff Krieg 17/12 #236368
Wed 12Pacific Swift
Waitpinga Beach
Over 90 Pacific Swift drifting West over the beach and dunes this morning
Simon Fahey-Sparks 12/12 #236329
Diamond Firetail
Opposite Wilmington caravan park Horrocks Hwy
One Diamond Firetail flying with a small flock of sparrows. Landed on fence and then firetail and sparrows when different directions with firetail alighting by itself on fence. They are known from Mt Maria east of town. Haven't seen one in town for a while but not much seed on Mt Maria right now-very dry
Gary Wright 12/12 #236324
Tue 11Yellow tail black cockatoo
Military Road, West Beach, opposite caravan park
A pair was observed flying across the road eastwards, presumably toward the pine trees. The next day (today), a single bird was observed flying across the road eastwards, further south, closer to the cabin village. I have never previously observed this type of bird in the area (resident 25+ years)
Jenny Marshall 12/12 #236325
Sun 9highlightOriental Pratincol
Tolderol Game Reserve
2 observers at 11 am on a perfect morning, no wind and cloud cover. 2 birds seen, an adult and a juvenile. They came out of the lignum on a sandy track and settled down briefly until they saw us and disappeared. We were on a track separated by a channel of water so it was difficult to follow them up. The markings on the front of the adult made identification easy. Also the short legs, head and bill.
Elizabeth Macilwain 11/12 #236321
Eastern Spinebill
Heard calling in our suburb yesterday and again today. After calling constantly through autumn and winter, this is the first record since early September. I'm presuming they 'go bush' to breed. Moderators note: This is a late record for this species in the suburbs of Adelaide as they are predominately a Winter visitor on the plains. Most birds have returned to the Adelaide Hills by September/October to breed
Kelvin Sparks 9/12 #236312
Mon 3Square-tailed Kite
Single bird floating over eucalypts in hillside suburb. Last seen here in January. Came close (to within 50m) but no camera to hand.
Jim Allen 3/12 #236271
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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