Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 11:15:06 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, May 21, 2012 to Sunday, May 27, 2012:

Area: SA

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Location: Point Sturt Peninsula

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea) (1) A male bird observed sitting on cattle 
yard railing, and using established revegetation on private property.A male, 
probably the same bird,was also seen a few hundred metres to the south on the 
afternoon of the 19th.

Reported by: Michaela and Gabrielle Doecke on Monday, May 21, 2012


Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Location: Salt Creek, Coorong.

Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) (21) 

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) (60) 

21 Hooded Plovers including one juvenile feeding on the lake adjacent to Camp 
1, Loop Rd.  60 Red-capped plovers and a few Red-neck Stints.

The next morning the Hooded Plovers were spread out in groups 2, 3, and 4 
birds, so only the 9 to be seen along with a small group of Red-capped Plovers 
in the first location.

Reported by: Teresa Jack on Monday, May 21, 2012


Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Location: Mark Point, Coorong.

Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) (30) Elegant Parrots easily found and 
scattered along the fences a few kilometers north of Mark Point. Found during 
OPB survey.

Water levels in the Coorong very good, even in the South Lagoon. Very few birds 
to be seen except for Great Cormorants. 9 Musks Ducks in one bay.  Pelicans, 
Ducks Terns and Grebes in very small quantities.

Reported by: Teresa Jack on Monday, May 21, 2012


Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Location: Loop Rd Salt Creek Coorong

Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) (19) 19 Hoodies, one a juvenile , feeding 
on claypan opposite to parking/toilet area on Loop Rd. Photos taken.

Reported by: William Brooker on Monday, May 21, 2012


Date: Monday, May 21, 2012

Location: St Hallett Winery, Tanunda

Black Falcon (Falco subniger) (1) Another Black Falcon today, this time lazily 
flying just above treetop height directly over the winery, it hung around for 
about two minutes then headed of in a westerly direction. 
This is the third BF sighting for me in the past three days... seems to have 
been a bit of an influx of this species around the cereal cropping country just 
north of Adelaide, probably due to the amount of paddock burning which has been 
happening in the last six weeks or so! Follow the smoke.. normally a pretty 
sure bet for finding this species!

Reported by: Chris Steeles on Monday, May 21, 2012


Date: Monday, May 21, 2012

Location: Goolwa Effluent Ponds.

Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) (1) A single pale phase bird flew in from 
the East, circled low directly above me, went back the way it had come then 
returned in an exact repeat performance, both times displaying perfect guide 
book views! It then settled in a tall tree to the North causing much 
consternation among the Silver Gulls, White Ibis and Galahs which regularly 
feed in the horse stud paddocks to the North of this site.
The water levels in these pools are very low at present and there were few 
other birds present but it didn't matter!

Reported by: Jeffrey Crocker on Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Date: Monday, May 21, 2012

Location: On our property at Rockleigh

Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) (1) This was our first sighting of a 
golden whistler, a prettily-coloured female.

White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) (1) and the second 
sighting of a white-plumed honeyeater. The first was another single bird in May 

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) (1) The last time we saw the family of 
black-shouldered kites, 3 out of the original 4 birds, was at the beginning of 
April. Then they all vanished for a couple of weeks. Now one has returned and 
appears to be resident, as we see it every weekend. We think it is one of the 
youngsters, as it looks as if it is still practising hovering, returning to its 
favourite perch at the top of a dead tree. It also called in a series of very 
un-kite-like peeps.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012

Location: Third Avenue, St Peters

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) (20) For our regular 
atlassing around our home one of the best spots is the small park with tennis 
courts just down the road. This morning 2 groups of about 10 New Hollands 
selected a hapless little wattlebird and gave chase. One of the wattlebirds, 
without breaking its rhythm, flew straight through the cyclone mesh surrounding 
the court. A couple of the New Hollands did the same but most peeled off before 
they reached the wire. How can a bird the size of a wattlebird fly at speed 
through a fairly small hole without injuring itself ?

We do an atlas survey every few weeks near our home and usually see between 15 
and 20 species in an hour. Today it was 19. We are only 3 streets back from 
Payneham Road deep in suburbia, but St Peters is blessed with many large trees 
including eucalypts, and several small parks. Normally the commonest birds are 
spotted doves and New Holland honeyeaters, with rainbow lorikeets in sometimes 
large flocks when the eucalypts are flowering. At these times there are usually 
musk lorikeets too, but not so many as rainbows. Sparrows are always present in 
smaller numbers. We used to see small groups of white-plumed honeyeaters, but 
if we see those now it is in 1's and 2's.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Saturday, May 26, 2012


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