Birdline South Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline South Australia Weekly Update
Date: 26 Jan 2015 07:41:52 +1000
   Birdline South Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 25 Jan 2015.

   Sun 25 Jan Wood, Marsh Sandpipers Balaklava
   2 Wood Sandpipers and 1 Marsh Sandpiper at former Balaklava effluent
   ponds. Normally dry, this area now has some water after nearly 80 mm.
   of rain. Unfortunately, all Balaklava's effluent water is now diverted
   to the local racecourse. This has been to the detriment of ducks, some
   waders and many other water birds with the loss of permanent water
   habitat. Over the last few years, I have recorded over 80 bird species
   in, around and over the effluent ponds.
   Paul Taylor
   Mon 19 Jan Australian Reed-Warbler Balaklava
   An unusual sighting of a single Reed-Warbler in our front garden in
   Balaklava for 3 days, well away from water and reed beds. It has been
   actively catching insects, including grasshoppers, in shrubs. The only
   call was an occasional single "chet", repeated at intervals, but it it
   often quiet. Probably migrating north after breeding.
   Paul Taylor
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