Adelaide: big day birding in summer

February 18, 2013

Report on a day (and a bit) birding around Adelaide, SA, yielding 140 species!


We spent an entire day birding around Adelaide, totalling 115 species, plus a further 24 the next morning. Sites visited included the Mt Lofty Ranges, drier woodlands/mallee around Monarto and Murray Bridge, river Murray and wetlands, and the shores of lake Alexandrina. Providing further confirmation that Adelaide truly is the birding capital of southern Australia, the following morning a good variety of wader and shorebird species were added along the northern coast and adjacent wetlands, resulting in a grand total of 139. Interesting species seen included Bassian Thrush (at Mt Lofty, after an absence of 4 years), Diamond Firetail, Stubble Quail, Owlet Nightjar (all around Monarto), Cape Barren Goose, Golden-headed Cisticola (Lake Alexandrina), and at Laratinga near Mt Barker we added 4 Freckled Duck and no less than 24 Australian Spotted Crakes! We also saw a raft of raptors including Spotted and Swamp Harrier, Wedge-tailed and Little Eagle, Whistling, Black-shouldered and Black Kite and Peregrine Falcon. The following morning we added waders including Greater Sandplover, Red Knot, Black-tailed Godwit and other interesting species such as Elegant Parrot and Slender-billed Thornbill.

Locations visited

Adelaide area birding

Wildlife

Land Birds 129 species
Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea) 24
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) 21
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) 4
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) 3
Shy Heathwren (Calamanthus cautus) 3
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) 2
Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) 2
Stubble Quail (Coturnix pectoralis) 2
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) 1
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) 1
Little Raven (Corvus mellori) 1
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 1
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) 1
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 1
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) 1
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis) 1
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) 1
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) 1
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) 1
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) 1
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) 1
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 1
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang) 1
White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) 1
Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) 1
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) 1
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) 1
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) 1
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 1
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 1
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 1
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) 1
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Southern Scrub Robin (Drymodes brunneopygia) 1 (heard)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1
Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) 1
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea) 1
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 1
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) 1 "Adelaide Rosella"
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanoramphos) 1
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis) 1
Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) 1
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) 1
Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) 1
Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus) 1
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis) 1
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) 1
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris) 1
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana) 1
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) 1
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) 1
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica) 1
Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata) 1
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) 1
Little Grassbird (Megalurus gramineus) 1
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti) 1
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans) 1
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 1
Purple-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cratitius) 1
Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) 1
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans) 1
Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens) 1
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) 1
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) 1
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) 1 (heard)
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) 1
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 1
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 1
Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei) 1
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) 1
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) 1
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) 1
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) 1
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) 1
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris) 1
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 1
Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) 1
Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis) 1
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula) 1
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 1
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) 1
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 1
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) 1
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) 1
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) 1
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans) 1
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) 1
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 1
Black-tailed Nativehen (Tribonyx ventralis) 1
White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons) 1
Seabirds 10 species
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 1
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 1
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 1
Australian Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) 1
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 1
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) 1

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