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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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June 2017
Tue 27White-backed Swallow
Near Avon
3 White-backed Swallows flying with Welcome Swallows and Tree Martins. Uncommon on Adelaide Plains, and more so in winter.
Paul Taylor 27/6 #231241
Sun 25Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Nullarbor Roadhouse
1 bird seen in saltbush adjacent to roadouse.
Arthur & Denise Carew 25/6 #231221
Fri 23highlightAustralian Spotted Crake, Black-tailed Native-hen
Nullarbor Roadhouse
4 Crakes and 1 Native-hen at a pool of water from desal run off.
Arthur & Denise Carew 23/6 #231211
Major Mitchell Cockatoo
Gluepot Homestead
30 Major Mitchell Cockatoos have been seen at the bird water point infront of the Visitors Centre several mornings in a row. The large numbers have been feeding on Casuarina seeds and on the ground for many days now. eBird checklist
Ian Kerr 23/6 #231209
Tue 20Banded Lapwing
South Hummocks
A scattered flock of 20 lapwings in a paddock, the most I've seen in this area for over 20 years.
Paul Taylor 20/6 #231193
Mon 19Black Falcon
Perched on dead branch of sole tree in large sheep paddock eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 20/6 #231188
Sun 18Australian Bustard
About 5km north, standing in cropping field beside Augusta Highway.
Lynda Pedersen 19/6 #231184
Thu 15Brown Songlark
5 km east of Balaklava
3 early arrival songlarks on roadside, acquiring breeding plumage but were shy and silent.
Paul Taylor 15/6 #231153
Tue 13Great and Little Egret
Bald Hill Beach
About 210 Great Egrets and 10 Little Egrets scattered along the shoreline at low tide.
Paul Taylor 13/6 #231136
Mon 12Hooded Robin
5 km north of Balaklava
2 males and one female together in roadside mallee. Rarely seen around here now.
Paul Taylor 12/6 #231121
Wed 7Black-faced Cormorant
Outer Harbour Breakwater, North Haven
Well over 600 occupied nests were counted along the breakwater, mostly higher up, some perched right on top of boulders. Also, approximately 50 juveniles were observed. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 7/6 #231096
Tue 6Gull-billed Tern
Port Clinton, Yorke Peninsula
12 Gull-billed Terns in breeding, non-breeding and immature plumages roosting at high tide.
Paul Taylor 6/6 #231094
Sun 4Australasian Bittern
Tolderol Game Reserve
Two adult birds seen while on a very early morning visit at the reserve. One bird was flushed from rank flooded grass alongside the main entrance track and another was seen flying over the wetlands towards the lake. Photograph on eBird eBird checklist
Eddy Smith 6/6 #231093
Intermediate Egret
Port Clinton, Yorke Peninsula
3 Intermediate Egrets sighted along Port Clinton foreshore. At one point, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret and Little Egret were all visible from the same spot!
Richard Letheby & Marion Halliday 4/6 #231079
Fri 2Freckled Duck
Ephemeral lake 2km NW of Yorketown
Saw hundreds of ducks on private property wetland from Rabbit Corner Rd near Yorketown, Southern Yorke Peninsula. Freckled Ducks unusual for this part of Peninsula; other species included Pink-eared, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck. Also sighted Banded Lapwing at tail end of lake and on ploughed paddock opposite, and 1 x Eurasian Coot - also unusual for this area.
Richard Letheby & Marion Halliday 4/6 #231080
Horsfield's Bushlark
4 km east of Balaklava
A flock of 15 bushlarks in high roadside grass. Can be difficult to find in winter.
Paul Taylor 2/6 #231061
Jacky Winter
5km east of Balaklava
3 Jacky Winters on roadside. Rarely seen here, and locally extinct in districts west of Balaklava.
Paul Taylor 2/6 #231060

May 2017
Tue 30Blue Bonnet
South Hummocks
15 Blue Bonnets feeding in roadside lignum. Formerly uncommon, now the most numerous resident parrot in districts west of Balaklava.
Paul Taylor 31/5 #231043
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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