Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:05:05 +1030
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, February 17, 2014 to Sunday, February 23, 2014:

Area: SA

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Location: On our Rockleigh property

White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) (1) 30 days after the devastating 
bushfire we had 118mm rain, most over 24 hours. The waterholes filled and a 
heron appeared.

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) (1) The restless flycatcher returned 
after an 8-month holiday somewhere else.

The day after the January fire we recorded 6 species of bird, this weekend 
there were 20, which is well over the average for a pre-fire summer weekend. 

Unburned eucalypts have put out a lot of new growth, usual at this time of 
year, and the weebills and a striated pardalote were back. The pipits were back 
in their usual haunt, despite there being not a blade of grass, just rocks. 
Swallows flew around the shed after being absent for a month. After the rain 
insects were abundant.

A party of white-browed babblers were foraging in what seemed to be a large 
totally dead Acacia bush. Brown treecreepers were climbing (partly-blackened) 
trunks. Little ravens have moved in. Pre-fire we used to see just a few. This 
weekend there were 40.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Location: Kangaroo Island

Fork-tailed Swift (Apus pacificus) (50) flying low into North wind, Vivonne 
Bay, KI, 2 Feb 14; thunderstorm activity; heavy dark cloud

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (56) at Cape Rouge high tide roost, KI, 16 
Feb 14

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) (2) at Cape Rouge high tide roost, KI, 16 Feb 14

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) (100) at Cape Rouge high tide roost, KI, 
16 Feb 14

Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) (1) at Cape Rouge high tide roost, KI, 16 
Feb 14

Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) (450) at Cape Rouge high tide roost, KI, 16 Feb 14

Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) (40) at Cape Rouge high tide roost, KI, 16 Feb 14

Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) (4) feeding in planted Drooping 
Sheoaks on 'Naturally Farm' near mouth of Stunsail Boom River, SW KI, 2 and 3rd 
Feb 2014 (4 on 2nd Feb; 2 on 3rd Feb); thought to be the most southerly 
observation of this species  on KI; presumed to have travelled to this location 
by following NW or NE River downstream, both these rivers originate in 
Gosselands, Flinders Chase NP ( they join to form the Stunsail Boom); both have 
limited amount of naturally occurring pockets of sheoak growing along them.

Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) (6) three pairs; males resplendant in full 
breeding regalia, Kingscote sewage ponds, 16 Feb 14

Painted Button-quail (Turnix varius) (3) in south coast mallee near Prospect 
Hill, KI, 17 Feb 14

Reported by: Chris Baxter on Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Location: Goolwa Barrage

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) (1) Goolwa 'Bird Sanctuary'. Seen from 
roadside 100m south of the bird hide.

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (20) Approximately 20 Curlew Sandpiper 
around the island on salt water side of barrage.

Other birds present around the island included 60 Red-necked Avocet, 3 Common 
Greeshank, one Marsh Sandpiper, three Black-winged Stilt, four Red-kneed 
Dotterel, about 40 each of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Red-necked Stint. one 
Royal Spoonbill and one Little Egret.

Reported by: Bob Snell, Neil Cheshire and John Hatch. on Saturday, February 22, 


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