birding-aus SAOA monthly outing.

Subject: birding-aus SAOA monthly outing.
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 20:19:48 +1000
As mentioned in other mail the SAOA held it's (official)monthly outing at
Winninowie CP south of Pt Augusta on 30/31 Nov. The park has a wide variety
of habitats ranging fron sand/mud flats to samphire marsh, dry woodland,
mallee, open paddocks, chenopod, etc. On Saturday the weather was dry and
warm, but overnight it rained a lot and on Sunday morning the roads were
very sloppy. Some of us camped overnight and had to use the wet roads in
order to meet and direct day visitors. 
However, the rain seemed to bring out some birds on Sunday which we hadn't
seen on Saturday, and the clouds rolled off towards the west by 9.30am, so
some good birding was had by the 14 attendees. 
Park centre 32  41 49s, 137 52 08e
Bird list:
Emu ca 5 ( including 1 near ocean-going)
Grey Teal ca 30
Lt Pied Cormorant ca 60
Lt Black Cormorant ca 100
Aust Pelican 3
White-faced Heron 5
Little Egret 3
Black Kite 2 ( these were also seen frequently from Adelaide north to the
Whistling Kite 2
Kestrel, a pair feeding four near fledged/flying young.
Common Greenshank 1
Red-necked Stint 100s
Pied Oystercatcher ca 10
Sooty Oystercatcher 3
Black-winged Stilt 1 ( odd for the area, we usually see 100s)
Red-capped Plover ca30
Banded Lapwing pair with two juveniles
Pacific Gull ca 6, half of which were brown juveniles.
Silver Gull ca 50
Caspian Tern 1
Crested Tern 3
Common Bronzewing 1
Crested Pigeon ca 30
 50 - 100
Cockatiel 1
Mallee Ringneck ca 50
Budgerigar ca 30
Elegant Parrot 2
Rainbow Bee-eater 5
Variegated Fairy-wren ca 30
White-winged Fairy-wren ca 20
Striated Pardalote ca 20
Striated Calamanthus ( Fieldwren) 2
Weebill ca 20
Yellow-rumped Thornbill 1 lonely fellow
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater 4
Yellow-throated Miner ca 50
Singing Honeyeater ca 20
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater 2
Orange Chat  2
White-fronted Chat 6
White-browed Babbler ca 20
Chirruping Wedgebill 5
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike 3
Black-faced Woodswallow 6
Grey Butcherbird 5
Aust Magpie (whitebacks) 10
Aust Raven 2
Little Raven 4
Richard's Pipit 6
White-backed Swallow 4
Welcome Swallow 100s
Tree Martin ca 300 all in one group
Common Starling 12

Total species 54.

Unusual by their absence: Robins, Willie Wag, Whistlers, Thornbills, Brown
Treecreeper, Grey Shrike-thrush.

Tony.   mxxp.

Tony Russell,
Adelaide, South Australia
08 8337 5959

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