Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Subject: Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest
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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2020 00:05:07 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, October 26, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Location: On our Rockleigh property

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) (5) We have been hearing bee-eaters for 
weeks, but never managed to see them. I was doing my last Backyard Bird Count 
about 6.30pm on a very chilly windy day, with very poor light, and 5 bee-eaters 
turned up, and proceeded to frolic around in the trees just 20 metres from me.

Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) (20) Straw-necked ibis have 
appeared in ones and twos for a couple of months, despite us being 25km from 
the Murray and nearby wetlands. Today we saw one group of 20 cruising around 
high in the air, then the next day it was a group of 10. Our neighbours saw 2 
grazing on the rocky slope near their shed.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) (1) Having 20 minutes to sit in one spot 
(Backyard Bird Count again) I heard the familiar "zip" then several musical 
calls I had not heard before, and had plenty of time to sit and wait. The 
flycatcher appeared and perched on a low horizontal branch not far from where I 
was sitting, seemingly looking at me. It then performed a serenade of several 
calls (not the "zip") while perched. Performing for me ? I checked the bird app 
and found that the restless flycatcher has several very different calls, as 
well as "zip"

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Location: In the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Hardhead (Aythya australis) (9) A pair of hardheads with 7 tiny ducklings (dark 
brown, the spitting image of mum and dad) were sitting in small puddles between 
rocks in First Creek near the conservatory. Hardheads aren't common in that 
part of the garden, so this was an especially good sighting.

Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata) (8) A friend told me she had just rung 
the garden duty officer to report ducklings stranded in the lily pond. The 
water level is about 20cm below the wall around the pond, and they were too 
small to get out. The parents were sitting on top of the wall. The duty officer 
said this was the second time he had been called out this morning to rescue 
these ducklings. Solution - a plank of wood to serve as a ramp. When I went to 
look, the ducklings were sitting on the ramp - I think there were about 6 but 
wasn't game to get close in case dad attacked me.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Wednesday, October 28, 2020


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