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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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May 2020
Sat 16Marsh Sandpiper
Mulgundawa (Lake Alexandrina)
Marsh Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage seen on a flooded salt pan along Brinkley Road. Presumably overwintering. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 17/5 #256970
Fri 15Red Knot
Bald Hill Beach
About 160 Red Knots, many with partial or in full breeding plumage. Also here were 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Grey Plovers and about 90 Great Egrets.
Paul Taylor 15/5 #256955
Fri 1Short-tailed Shearwater
West Beach, Adelaide
Short-tailed Shearwater again streaming south close in to the shore, with a few swimming among the waves, too. Winds had turned to the south today and I could clearly see another stream of birds much further out flying north, so there was some kind of circling back happening, though not within my telescope's range. Hard to estimate the number of birds involved as it would depend on how far south they were flying before looping round but reckon I saw a good 700-800.(Moderator's note: comments from other observers reported thousands along metropolitan beaches today). eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 1/5 #256858
Australasian Gannet
Port Clinton, Yorke Peninsula
9 Gannets feeding offshore. Uncommon in northern Gulf St. Vincent.
Paul Taylor 1/5 #256852

April 2020
Thu 30highlightShort-tailed Shearwater
West Beach, Adelaide
With the stiff south-westerly onshore winds continuing today, a steady stream of Short-tailed Shearwater was passing south close to the shore this afternoon. The average of three spaced sample counts I did produced around 40 passing per minute, therefore about 2500 per hour and a conservative estimate of 3,000 for the 90 minutes I was watching. I saw no evidence of birds doubling back and recycling, though this might have been happening much further out in the Gulf. They were still coming unabated when I left! Hopefully, they have been observed at other points along the coast. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 30/4 #256847
Tue 28Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Gumeracha (Park & Oval)
60-70 birds in loose flock exploring the large Redgum and Casuarina trees along the River Torrens.They were present for about 10-15mins. before heading off in a north-easterly direction towards Forreston & Birdwood.
David Hartland 29/4 #256833
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Bald Hill Beach
One juvenile flying along the beach. Also here (overwintering) were 14 Bar-tailed Godwits (all subspecies baueri) and 2 Red Knots.
Paul Taylor 28/4 #256829
Mon 27Dusky Woodswallow
6 Dusky Woodswallow hawking for insects over the suburb on this warm afternoon. Not often seen over the greater Adelaide area. eBird checklist
Kelvin Sparks 27/4 #256823
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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