Birding in South Aust

Subject: Birding in South Aust
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 02:11:45 +0900
G'day all, as mentioned last week the SAOA held its month end outing on
Sunday 2/4/00 at Cox's Scrub, 27km north of Goolwa in SA. We had a
reasonable roll-up of 32 members who split up into about five groups and
spent a very pleasant morning birding the area centred on 35 / 20 / 08
south, 138 / 44 / 54 east, in at first slightly overcast conditions which
turned out quite warm and sunny by lunchtime. The bird call produced some
56 species as follows:
White-faced Heron               1
Black-shouldered Kite   1
Brown Goshawk                   1
Collared Sparrowhawk            1
Wedge-tailed Eagle              1
Little Eagle                    1
Nankeen Kestrel         1  ( good roll up of raptor species)
Common Bronzewing               Probably about 20, flying around in groups of 5 
or 6
Crested Pigeon          4
Galah                           just 1, can you believe that?
Rainbow Lorikeet                up to 100
Musk Lorikeet                   up to 10
Purple-crowned Lorikeet 5
Crimson Rosella- Adelaides really - up to 100
Red-rumped Parrots              4
Elegant Parrot          3
Laughing Kookaburra             1
Superb Fairy-wren               ca 20
Spotted Pardalote               3
Striated Pardalote              2
White-browed Scrubwren  ca 15
Chestnut-rumped Hylacola        2
Brown Thornbill         ca 10
Buff-rumped Thornbill   4
Yellow-rumped Thornbill 12
Striated Thornbill              6
Red Wattlebird          ca20
Little Wattlebird - now Brush W here    5
Noisy Miner                     2
Brown-headed Honeyeater ca 6
White-naped H/E         1
Crescent H/E                    1
New Holland H/E         hundreds
Eastern Spinebill               1
Hooded Robin                    1
Varied Sitella          6
Crested Shrike-tit              2
Golden Whistler         ca 10, mostly full coloured males
Grey Shrike-thrush              2
Magpie Lark                     1
Grey Fantail                    ca 20, seems to be a current influx of these
Willie Wagtail          ca 10
Dusky Woodswallow               ca 6
Grey Butcherbird                2
Australian (white-backed) Magpie        ca 6
Aust Raven                      2
Little Raven                    ca 20
House Sparrow                   a few small flocks of six or so
Red-browed Finch                ca 6
Beatiful Firetail               ca 6
European Goldfinch              3
Tree Martin                     up to 100
Silvereye                       1
Common Starling         a few flocks of 20 or so

After lunch we moved on to Old Noarlunga to look for the Nankeen Night
Herons and found six adults roosting in the big pine trees, and two
juveniles, all mottled brown and white, on the riverbank.

Happy birding. Tony.
Tony Russell,
  Adelaide, South Australia
  phone : 08 8337 5959  , o/s 61 8 8337 5959
  There's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing a new bird is there?

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