Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:22:02 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, November 8, 2010 to Sunday, November 14, 2010:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010

Location: Old Nursery, Black Hill CP, Addison Ave

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) (2) Two birds flushed from feeding on the 
ground, settling low in a tree a short distance away. One a juvenile (possibly 
male) the other a male (both were pale green, not bright). They were extremely 
approachable suggesting aviary escapes.
Enter the nursery at the gate and look around the area near the building.

An echidna was also observed feeding. It was located when we went to 
investigate snorting noises coming from a grassy area. It was moving along the 
ground, putting its noise into everthing and blowing air out through its snout. 
It eventually made its way to the paths and began hunting for ants amongst the 
sleepers that line the paths. It found a large nest and was happily feeding 
away when several large ants (1 - 1.5 in) attacked it. They appeared to be 
going for its eyes. Anyway it got quite aggitated as it tried to remove then, 
running along the path and rubbing its face on the ground to remove them. Being 
successful it continued feeding. It totally ignored us as we observed for about 
15 minutes from only a few feet away.

Reported by: Annette Smith on Monday, November 8, 2010


Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Location: Mary Seymour CP, SE

Barking Owl (Ninox connivens) (2) 2 heard briefly "co-calling" on Tuesday 
night. 1 heard by itself earlier in the evening

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) (1) 1 heard on Tuesday evening

Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) (2) Seen & heard on Tuesday evening

Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus) (1+) Heard in dense Melaleuca heath 
on Wed morning.

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) (1+) Heard on several occasions on 
Wed morning - possibly the same bird.  This species was heard at 5 other 
locations in SE from near Pt MacDonnell to here on Tuesday & Wed.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) (1+) Juvenile observed being fed 
by a Thornbill. Others heard in the area

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis) (1) 

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) (1) Heard on Tues night.

Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) (1) As for #8

National "Nightbird" & Cuckoo Day?! Great reserve! Numeous other species 
recorded - Trip/reserve list pending.

Reported by: Phil Barron & Bryan Haywood on Thursday, November 11, 2010


Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Location: Murray River, Big Bend on Private Property

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) (1) Was spotted high in the foliage 
with it's distinctive black eye stripe and crest, it swung down to the main 
trunk ripping of a piece of bark, went back high into the foliage and proceeded 
to tear at the piece of bark possibly eating whatever was underneath it. 
Sighted it twice over the week.

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) (1) It practically spent the whole camp 
trip with us, sitting in a particular few trees diving down catching 
cockroaches (as they were everywhere and big ones) and merrily munching on them 
day after day. Unknowingly even brought home a few cockies #*

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) (1) Have been camping here for a few years 
now and this is the first time that I have spotted a Nankeen Kestrel flying 
over the cliffs in this area.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis) (1) Just in abundance in 
our camp area.

In 7 days close to 40 species of bird recorded in an area 40m wide, cliffs on 
one side Murray on the other and nearly 1000m long. It's on family owned 
private property. A good birdo could probably double that, as there were quite 
a few calls that were unfamiliar to me and also calls that i recognised but 
could not find.

Reported by: Stephan Jensen on Sunday, November 14, 2010


Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Location: Thompson Beach SA

Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) (8) Resting with Red-capped 
Plover in the Samphire area behind the Dunes north of car park

Red Knot (Calidris canutus) (200) Feeding with 100s of other waders on a 
falling tide out from the boat ramp/car park

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) (800) Birds were feeding on a falling tide 
out from the boat ramp/car park. Two birds were flagged, one Orange on right 
upper leg and the second one was right leg Blue over Orange.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) (150) Birds were feeding with Knots and 
Red-necked Stints on falling tide out from boat ramp/car park.

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (35) Birds were feeding all along the 
shore line out from the car park. Tide was very high when we first arrived 
giving close looks of birds.

Reported by: Winston Syson on Friday, November 12, 2010


Date: Friday, November 12, 2010

Location: Harriet Street,Strathalbyn

Black-chinned Honeyeater (Melithreptus gularis) (4) A small party, including 1 
immature bird,with orange legs and light brown bill.The immature was giving 
begging calls as well as feeding on it's own.The birds were gleaning the leaves 
of various eucalypts,mainly Red Gum,SA Blue Gum, and Spotted Gum (Corymbia 
maculata).Observed at close range for about 25 minutes.

Reported by: Nathaniel Doecke on Friday, November 12, 2010


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