Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
Date: 1 Jul 2013 06:59:24 +1000

Birdline Northern Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 30 Jun 2013.

Sun 30 Jun Square-tailed Kite Harrison Dam Conservation Area
Square-tailed Kite (1) observed soaring over vegetated area of reserve. From quite a distance long and upswept wings set apart from black and whislting kites that were also in the area. Photo heavily cropped but enough for ID.
Gus Daly

Sat 29 Jun Princess Parrot Rounsevell Street, Alice Springs
Adult pair seen in the top branches of trees at a private residence. Stayed for about 25 minutes before moving off together.
Chris Watson per Bill Low

Freckled Duck Leanyer/Sanderson Sewage works
Freckled Duck (1) First observation for a couple of weeks. Located at eastern end of works.
Gus Daly

Fri 28 Jun Emu Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls)
Emu (1) Seen on the Florence Falls Road just past Buley rock hole turn off
Mike Jarvis

Thu 27 Jun Forest Wagtail Nthaba B&B, Alice Springs
Seen at 7.25am. With close views for about 5 to 10 min.
Tom Wheller, Geoff Jones & others

White-breasted Woodswallow Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
White-breasted Woodswallow (1) single bird sitting on fence near entrance, photos
Richard Waring

Wed 26 Jun Banded Fruit-Dove Nourlangie, Kakadu National Park
Excellent, if brief views on top of the escarpment. Also Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon (3), White-lined Honeyeater (3), Helmeted Friarbirds and a Diamond Dove
Rod Gardner

Tue 25 Jun Freckled Duck, White-winged Black Tern, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Welcome Swallow Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
Morning visit for water sampling. Still, cool, and overcast. A large ginger feral cat seen also. Freckled Duck (8) None in breeding plumage. All in the very eastern end of EP7. Were initially in open water but headed toward the edge of the reeds where they hid for the remainder of the visit. White-winged Black Tern (1) Single bird foraging busily. Non-breeding plumage. Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (8) Roosting and preening in their usual spot at the southwestern edge of the wood lot. Welcome Swallow (3) Possibly more, but certainly these three identified among the numerous Tree Martin.
Christopher Watson

Ground Cuckooshrike AZRI SAT ponds Alice Springs
Morning visit on an overcast day for water sampling. Ground Cuckooshrike (1) Single bird harassing the perched kestrel before flying east into the AZRI block.
Christopher Watson

Mon 24 Jun Hooded Parrot, Gouldian Finch Jatbula (Edith Falls) Road
A large mixed flock of Hooded Parrots and Gouldian Finches (both black and red-headed), as well as other finch species (including Long-tailed and Masked Finches) were observed at close range from 7.40 am - 8.20 am, approx. 5.8 km from the Stuart Highway turn-off. Estimated number of Hooded Parrots was at least 60+.
Stuart Kelly and Carla Perkins

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