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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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October 2018
Sun 21Red and Great Knots
Macs Beach, Yorke Peninsula
A mixed flock of about 50 knots, with at least 15 being Great.
Paul Taylor 22/10 #235838
Blue Bonnets
Near Bowmans
About 20 Blue Bonnets, the most I've seen in one group. Fairly common in this area, but usually only in pairs or up to half a dozen parrots.
Paul Taylor 21/10 #235837
Greater Sand Plover
Port Clinton, Yorke Peninsula
3 Greater Sand Plovers, 2 recent arrivals and one has overwintered.
Paul Taylor 21/10 #235836
Wood Sandpiper
Near Balaklava
One Wood Sandpiper at an effluent pond of a piggery.
Paul Taylor 21/10 #235827
Fri 19Orange Chat
Gluepot Reserve
Just left the visitor centre and heading to camp when noticed something yellow hoping along the roadside, was lucky enough to take a photo and later ID as Orange Chat. Was hanging around the Helipad during that time. eBird checklist
Aleks Arsoski 22/10 #235856
Thu 18Orange Chat
10 km north of Port Wakefield
Two pairs with White-fronted Chats. Seems to be an influx of Orange Chats this spring.
Paul Taylor 18/10 #235809
Wed 17Ruff (possible)
Goolwa Wastewater Treatment Plant
Possible Ruff today on large pond north of bird hide
Phil Gilmour 17/10 #235798
Sat 13Red-backed Kingfisher
Near Bowmans
One kingfisher on roadside, and probably another calling in nearby scrub. Uncommon, irregular spring visitor to this area.
Paul Taylor 13/10 #235755
Fri 12Orange Chat
Near Port Wakefield
At least 4 Orange Chats with White-fronted Chats.
Paul Taylor 12/10 #235747
Wed 10Rufous Songlark
9 km east of Balaklava
One Rufous Songlark, my first in this area this spring.
Paul Taylor 10/10 #235720
highlightBlack Honeyeater
10 km east of Balaklava
One, probably 2, Black Honeyeaters attracted to flowering eremophilas.
Paul Taylor 10/10 #235719
Mon 1Black tailed native-hen
Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park--Murray Lagoon
Large groups of native hens around the west in tea tree scrub. Probably forced down with the drought in NSW.
Indra Bone 2/10 #235625
Black-tailed Native-hen
Port Wakefield
About 180 Native-hens on the golf course. Only recently arrived.
Paul Taylor 1/10 #235610

September 2018
Sat 29Grey Currawong
A pelican soaring above the suburb was noisily 'escorted' - rather than actively mobbed - by a Grey Currawong. Having been sighted here throughout the autumn and winter, such territorial behaviour in spring raises hopes of breeding, which is rare for the Adelaide Plains. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 30/9 #235589
Fri 28Freckled Duck
Robe WTP
Approximately 50.
Michael Todd 4/10 #235644
Mon 24highlightPied Honeyeater
Warnes Scrub, Owen (restricted access)
Found four juvenile Pied Honeyeaters in our scrub. This is a very uncommon sighting on the Adelaide Plains. The only other record I have on our property is of a single bird in April approx 10 years ago, this was also in our scrub. White Browed and Masked Woodswallows were also present. The first sighting here for the spring season. Good numbers of Trillers as well
Michael Warnes, Chris Steeles 27/9 #235558
6 kms NE of Balaklava
One Cockatiel in a mallee scrub. An irregular spring visitor, most years not seen in this area.
Paul Taylor 24/9 #235536
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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