Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:02:02 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, June 7, 2010 to Sunday, June 13, 2010:

Area: SA

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010

Location: Loxton

Western Gerygone (Gerygone fusca) (1) Alerted by its typical Gerygone call I 
found a Western Gerygone halfway along the Loxton Nature trail moving about the 
Blax Box trees. Pictures taken. Quite unusual for this area although a nesting 
pair was discovered by a local birder at Katarapko NP (20 km from Loxton) in 
November 2005.
Helga Kieskamp.

Reported by: Helga Kieskamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Date: Sunday, June 6, 2010

Location: On our property at Rockleigh

Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster) (4) The bluebonnets are occasional 
visitors and it was nice to see 4 together

Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) (2) The swallows have managed to raise more 
young in an old round rainwater tank lying on its side. The nest is perched 
precariously on a small piece of iron bent into the tank. The tank was damaged 
when it broke its moorings in a gale-force wind and rolled over rocks. One baby 
either fledged on Sunday when we first saw it, or not long before. It was an 
inept flier, and landed on the ground, then on a brick patio, then in the 
middle of a leafy gum tree. Its short tail was rounded with no sign of a fork. 
By yesterday (Tuesday) it was flying more successfully, had a fork in its tail, 
and was being fed in mid-air by an adult. Squeaks were often audible in the 
tank, where a baby was seen sitting on the nest, but we don't know whether this 
is another youngster or the one we have seen in the air. Do all chicks fledge 
at the same time, or can this happen over a period of days ?

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010

Location: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, South Coast Road, adjacent 
Flinders Chase National Park

Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) (1) Gang-gangs were introduced 
into Flinders Chase in the late 1920's or early 1930's and a small population 
has remained. Usual sightings have been in the north of the park around the 
Ravine des Casoars however 2 were seen feeding in stringybarks in the courtyard 
of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. On enquiring with the staff there 
have been a group of 6 in the immediate area for the past 6 weeks or so. Their 
presence out of their "normal" range may be the result of the large fire which 
burned through the Ravine in December 2007.

Reported by: Craig Wickham on Thursday, June 10, 2010


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