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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, Paul Taylor, Peter Waanders and Simon Starr.

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October 2019
Thu 17Red-backed Kingfisher
One in gum trees by the river.
Paul Taylor 17/10 #241519
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Two overhead. First birds I've seen this spring making the 'commute' between the Hills and the pine trees in the Adelaide Parklands and suburbs. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 17/10 #241514
Red-backed Kingfisher
St Hugo Winery Barossa Valley
Single bird calling from tall trees bordering Jacobs Creek
David Harper 17/10 #241511
Wed 16White winged Triller
Inner northern Adelaide suburbs
More sightings than usual of White winged Trillers with males calling in the inner northern Adelaide suburbs.
Robin Storr 16/10 #241505
Wed 9White-bellied Sea-eagle
Scott Creek / Brenda Park
Adult White-bellied Sea-eagle soaring on a thermal over the floodplain this morning, mobbed by - of all things - two Whistling Kite. Always a possibility on the Murray but rarely sighted. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 9/10 #241447
Tue 8Wood Sandpiper
Cadney Homestead on Stuart Highway
Wood Sandpiper (we think) flew in to the grassy camping area at Cadney Homestead, on Stuart Highway between Marla and Coober Pedy. After running around in front of the four of us for 10 minutes it adjourned to the side of the pool. It disappeared after about half an hour. We also saw 2 of the same bird at Coward Springs wetlands on 3rd Oct. Both sightings on Ebird. Waited till I could download better quality photos. Found by Gary Pleming with Colin Cannard, John Catchlove and Peter Russell. More photos available if anyone interested.
Colin Cannard 12/10 #241477
Sat 5Red-backed Kingfisher
Pengilly Scrub
One brief close fly-by near the entrance gate. A surprise so close to Adelaide.
Kevin Stracey 6/10 #241401
Tue 1White-fronted Honeyeater
Near Balaklava
One heard and seen briefly in roadside eremophilas. Not often seen in this area. Poor photo.
Paul Taylor 1/10 #241364

September 2019
Mon 30highlightPied Honeyeater
Para Wirra Conservation Park
Pied Honeyeater sighted feeding on flowering eucalypts in Para Wirra Conservation park. First sighting (by us) of this species in 30+ years of birding in this location. Also a large mixed flock of White-browed and Masked Woodswallows, and several White-winged Trillers.
Richard Letheby and Marion Halliday 1/10 #241361
Sun 29highlightEastern Koel
Prospect, South Australia
A male Koel was heard calling nearby on the 28 September 2019 and was seen perched in a tall Chinese Elm on 29 September. A Koel has visited our area in the previous 2 years , but this is much earlier than before. In 2017 & 2018 the Koel was first heard or seen in the first week of November.
Peter Christy 29/9 #241351
highlightCommon Gull-billed Tern
Bald Hill Beach
One Common Gull-billed Tern with Fairy, Whiskered, Crested and Caspian Terns.
Paul Taylor 29/9 #241333
Fri 27Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo
Trott Park
One bird in amongst a very large flock appeared to have a mutation colour. Its head, tail and wings are black while most of the body including belly back and rump where a white colour. Unfortunately I did not get a picture as I was unprepared. The flock was circling my house after leaving pine trees at the end of my street.
Darren Bishop 27/9 #241311
Wed 25Grey-tailed Tattler, Eastern Curlew
Port Clinton
2 tattlers and 25 curlews have arrived, hopefully more still to come.
Paul Taylor 25/9 #241295
Sat 21Common Sandpiper
Port Wakefield
2 Common Sandpipers at the wharf, one recently arrived and appearing unkempt and tatty. The other arrived here around August 12.
Paul Taylor 21/9 #241248
Fri 20Crimson Chat
Near Balaklava
One pair building a nest on roadside. Small numbers have been seen in southern areas of SA this month.
Paul Taylor 20/9 #241230
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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