Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, January 7, 2013 to Sunday, January 13, 2013:

Area: SA

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2013

Location: Lake Albert, Narrung Road

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (30) Lots of ducks close to the road with a 
fresh south-westerly wind blowing.

Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) (50+) Also hundreds of Grey Teal 
and Australian Shelduck across the road from the lake.

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (6) Only a few Banded Stilt among 
the Grey Teal.

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) (20) Feeding across the road from 
the lake.

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Date: Sunday, January 6, 2013

Location: Martin Washpool CP, Salt Creek, Coorong

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) (1) Seen from Salt Creek Road about 
4km from Salt Creek.  Seemed a long way north-west for this species.

Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) (2) Along the edge of the road nearby.

Beautiful Firetail (Stagonopleura bella) (4) Also along the road towards Salt 

Sightings on the way to Messent CP which held Elegant Parrot, large flocks of 
Tree Martin and many Purple-gaped Honeyeaters, with Spotted Harrier quartering 
the fields nearby.  Earlier along the Loop Road we saw a constant stream of 
100+ Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters moving south-east.

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Date: Sunday, January 13, 2013

Location: On our property on Critchley Road, Rockleigh

Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) (3) 

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) (2) 

Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) (2) 

It seems very late for birds to be breeding in such a hot dry summer. One of 
the brown treecreepers was only sparrow-sized, without a streaked breast, and 
as all 3 were calling almost continuously we thought the youngster was probably 
still being fed. 

The juvenile kestrel was adult sized but with a very fluffy white tummy and 
fewer marks on its face. It called on and off all day, and one time the adult 
arrived and popped something into its bill. From a distance it looked like a 
wriggling millipede. Do kestrels eat millipedes ?

The brown falcons cruised around and the adult kestrel flew up higher, 
dive-bombed one falcon and hit it, then zoomed away quickly before retaliation 
could take place. Last time we saw a falcon attacked from above the culprit was 
a Willie wagtail.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Sunday, January 13, 2013


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