Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, March 19, 2012 to Sunday, March 25, 2012:

Area: SA

Date: Monday, March 19, 2012

Location: Thompson Beach

Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) (1) One seen at 1800hrs, feeding in 
shallow water, 600m South of southern carpark.

Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) (1) 82 counted in group + approximately 20 scattered 
nearby. They were resting near the tidal margin at 1400hrs, directly in front 
of the central carpark.

The day was very warm with gusting Northerly winds. The banded stilt hordes did 
not start arriving (from the North) at the sandflats to the South of the 
central carpark until after 1430hrs, leaving the best feeding areas to numerous 
red knots and approximately 150 great knots. The other usual migratory wader 
species (Bar-tailed godwit, common greenshank, red-necked stint, etc.) were 
present in smaller numbers. We counted 12 grey plovers.

High tide at 1600hrs was only 1.7m, enabling the waders to continue feeding 
until dusk on an outgoing tide.

Reported by: Jeff Philcox on Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Location: On our property at Rockleigh

White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus) (1) We knew the woodswallows 
were nearby, as they were seen a couple of kilometres down the road. Today one 
bird was heard calling overhead, then was spotted. This is species 60 recorded 
for our land (although the general number of species seen in any weekend is 

After a couple of months with NO welcome swallows roosting under our veranda 
(or indeed seen in the creek bed), after there having been up to 150 in the 
three preceding years, about 10 took shelter from torrential rain last 
Wednesday. Last night 2 roosted under tthe veranda. Where have they gone ?

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Date: Sunday, March 25, 2012

Location: Jones Road, Hahndorf.

Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) (2) Two. One at either side of dam, close to 
shoreline closest to road.

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (12) A compact group, well out from road, 
close to far wall of dam.

These observations refer to the larger dam, closest to Hahndorf. Water levels 
both on this dam and on Hanna Lake were low, exposing broad, muddy, shorelines.

Reported by: Bob Snell on Sunday, March 25, 2012


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