Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2013 00:05:05 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, August 26, 2013 to Sunday, September 1, 2013:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Location: Adj our property at Rockleigh

Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) (1) The grebe (species 75 on 
our list) was swimming on the very small dam opposite our entry gate. Now we 
have seen both hoary-headed and Australasian grebes on this dam.

Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) (2) There was a pair in the huge old 
gums in a gully, along with white-browed babblers, a brown treecreeper, a 
female rufous whistler, striated pardalotes, but unusually, no weebills.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Date: Monday, August 26, 2013

Location: Browns Road, Monarto.

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) (3) Three 
quarters-of-an-hour spent staring at a muddy puddle, on the main track 240m NW 
of the water butt at Browns Road, saw the following species coming to drink and 
bathe. 3 New Holland Honeyeater, 2 Grey Shrike-thrush, 1 male Rufous Whistler, 
2 Red Wattlebird, 1 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, 3 Crimson Rosella, 1 Striated 
Pardelote, 1 Willie Wagtail, 1 Variegated Wren, 2 Diamond Firetail and a group 
of White-winged Chough collecting mud.

Reported by: Bob and Maureen Snell on Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Location: Lake McIntyre

Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) (12) Group of 12 on an island in 
Lake McIntyre. Rare for this area

Reported by: Rosey Pounsett on Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Location: Monarto Conservation Park

Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans) (1) One male calling from low branch 
(in clear view) 10m from second bench seat on walking trail downhill from 
concrete water tank.  Later, three seen together 150m further down the track - 
one pair + single bird (probable rival male).  These birds were not shy, 
enabling easy i.d. and photography.

White-fronted Honeyeater (Phylidonyris albifrons) (1) Some pairs and single 
birds in same location as the black-eared cuckoos. Another small group in 
taller trees nearer the perimeter track. Other white-fronted honeyeaters were 
heard calling throughout this section of the park. Would estimate >10 birds 
present. There appears to be an influx of white-fronted honeyeaters into the 
region this year (saw > 12 at Rocky Gully early June - also present on 2 
subsequent visits. Others (approx. 4-6) seen at  Brown's Road on 3 recent 

Weather warm (low 20s) and mainly sunny. Spiny-cheeked honeyeaters were the 
predominant species, in pairs and small groups, and were both vocal and 
fearless. Other common honeyeaters were there (red wattle bird, singing, New 
Holland, brown-headed) in expected numbers, but no purple-gaped or 
tawny-crowned honeyeaters were found. 31 species seen. Marg & Jeff P.

Reported by: Jeff Philcox on Thursday, August 29, 2013


Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Location: Boundary Road, 5km east of Owen

White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor) (5) Saw three male white winged trillers 
flitting thru the local mallee trees on the 28th plus saw a male and a female 
two days later in our scrub. First sighting for the season. With all the rufous 
songlarks around and the mid 20's temps, it's safe to say spring is here.

Reported by: Michael Warnes on Saturday, August 31, 2013


Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013

Location: Browns Road, Monarto

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) (1) At least one active but silent 
bird along the loop track, observed after seeing the previously reported 
Black-eared Cuckoo at Monarto CP.

Reported by: Kevin Stracey on Sunday, September 1, 2013


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