Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:05:06 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, January 20, 2014 to Sunday, January 26, 2014:

Area: SA

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Location: On our blackened land at Rockleigh

Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) (70) First we saw a flock of 15 
cruising overhead. Then 3 landed and foraged among the ashes. They vanished and 
6 landed. Later in the day a flock of about 70 appeared, and finally a group of 
about 40 landed and foraged. What on earth were they finding to eat ? All we 
can see is scorched earth.

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) (2) We have been expecting a magpie lark to 
pass through for almost five and half years, with no luck until today. There is 
no normal magpie-lark habitat left, but they hung around all day. The land over 
the road is unburnt, with plenty of trees and looks a far better foraging spot 
for them.

Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti) (6) By the time these turned up we 
were almost used to seeing the unexpected. We have never seen wrens before ! 
They were flitting in burnt bushes in the gully where there are still burning 

The day also brought 4 kestrels (cruising over all day), 3 wedgies, and 2 brown 
falcons. To our eyes there was nothing edible moving in the landscape, only 
half a dozen stumpy tails, well and truly dead, and a small dessicated snake. 

Some trees are still burning 6 days after the fire inside hollow trunks, or 
underground roots (mind where you put your feet = there are hot spots under 
dust-filled holes)

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Monday, January 20, 2014


Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Location: Magazine Rd Wetland

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) (1) I bird clearly seen on mud on spit in 
first pond on right of Magazine Rd. Possible second bird seen under trees on 
left of pond.

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) (1) Flew overhead then landed in middle pond 
on side of the track to bird hide

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) (2) 

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (2) 

Shorebirds 2020 survey

Water levels now low, some ponds dry, no water in front of bird hide.

only 3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 2 Common Greenshanks, 2 Red-capped Plovers, 4 
Red-kneed Dotterels,

8 Royal Spoonbills, 2 Australian Shelduck, 6 European Greenfinch, plus all 
other species normally seen at this site.

Possible sighting of a Rufous Fieldwren

Reported by: Sue Winwood on Monday, January 20, 2014


Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Location: Minlaton.(SA)

Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus) (1) Good view of a single bird flying 
along roadside south-west of Minlaton.

Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) (3) A pair with at least one 11-20 day 
old chick on a salt lake south-east of Minlaton. The lake is over 13 kilometres 
from Spencer Gulf.

Reported by: Kent Treloar on Monday, January 20, 2014


Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Location: Private Property Lower Light

Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) (1) Single bird seen by property owner 
in stubble paddock

Reported by: Winston Syson on Saturday, January 25, 2014


Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Location: Milang

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) (8) 8 Wood Sandpiper together with 2 Red-kneed 
Dotterel and about 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in 'pond' on NE edge of the Milang 
Caravan Park. This pond is rapidly drying out and the water level has dropped 
considerably since my last visit on 9/1/2014.

Reported by: Bob Snell on Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Location: Browns Road, Monarto

Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus) (1) 1 Male Pied Honeyeater seen on the 
west side of the loop track - 30m south of the small tank.

Phone number 0407398234

Reported by: Steve Potter on Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Location: Private Property Lower Light

Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons) (1) Single Male bird on fence wire

Black Falcon (Falco subniger) (1) Bird flew over the top of us and landed on 
water trough

Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster) (30) big numbers on this property

Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) (1) Single bird sighted and 
heard calling

Reported by: Winston Syson on Saturday, January 25, 2014


Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Location: Intersection of Ballara Ave and Walkley Ave, Warradale

Barbary Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) (1) A single bird calling from overhead 
power lines.

Reported by: Martyn Price on Thursday, January 23, 2014


Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Location: Rush Lagoon, Kangaroo Island

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) (2) feeding with Sharp-tailed 
Sandpipers, mud and shallows, Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (c300) feeding in mud and shallows, 
Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14.

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) (c100) resting in short grass away from 
water; with Red-capped Plovers, Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) (131) easily largest 
concentration of Red-necked Avocets seen on KI; Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) (c1300) mostly feeding in remnant 
floodwater in paddock on E side of Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14; no leg flags 

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (c500) throughout deeper water of lagoon 
proper; many bright breeding plumaged males present; Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) (2) pair feeding in muddy shallows in 
boggy paddock at N end of Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Black-tailed Native-hen (Gallinula ventralis) (150) adults and full grown 
young, pasture and paperbarks fringing Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Hardhead (Aythya australis) (300) out on deep water of lagoon proper, Rush 
Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) (c3000) feeding and camped throughout lagoon shore 
and paddock floodwaters, Rush Lagoon, KI, 22 Jan 14

Reported by: Chris Baxter on Wednesday, January 22, 2014


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