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Birdline Australian Capital Territory

Birdline ACT is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage. Observations interesting to you can also be reported, but please provide justification. If you have any questions, please contact the moderators. Good birding and thanks for contributing to Birdline ACT! You can follow Birdline ACT on the web, RSS and Twitter. We encourage you to register and enter full lists of the species you see at

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Moderators' Note

Silver Gull Project Mark Carey is researching the seasonal movements and urbanisation of Silver Gulls in south-eastern Australia. He has a number of colour-banded Silver Gulls around Lake Burley Griffin. Please report all sightings of gulls with alphanumeric bands to or Twitter @silvergullproj

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

August 2014
Sat 16Rose Robin
Mt Majura Nature Reserve
I got a fleeting glimpse of a Rose Robin pictured.
Ted Simes 17/8 #219269
Fri 15Eastern Barn Owl
Australian National University
While looking for the Pied Butcherbird at the National Film & Sound Archive, noisy Noisy Miners attracted me to a tree on the (western) corner of Liversidge Street and Ellery Crescent in which an Eastern Barn Owl was trying to avoid attention (17:15 h). [I got the Pied Butcherbird 5 min later in a mostly leafless oak tree in the small car park in the north-eastern side of the NF&SA.]
Harvey Perkins 16/8 #219230
Pied Butcherbird
National Film and Sound Archive
Bird - presumably the one reported by Milburn - at National Film and Sound Archive today. eBird checklist Further information
Martin Butterfield 15/8 #219220
Wed 13highlightPied Butcherbird
Australian National University
An adult Pied Butcherbird was present along McCoy Circuit on the ANU campus this morning.
PJ Milburn 13/8 #219190
Tue 12highlightAzure Kingfisher
Molonglo Reach Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Small kingfisher with bright blue back, orange front and white on face. eBird checklist Further information
Martin Butterfield 15/8 #219221
Latham's Snipe
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
A Latham's Snipe flushed from Kelly's Swamp, which flew towards Jerrabomberra Creek
Roger Williams 12/8 #219175
Fri 8highlightGreat Crested Grebe
Lake Burley Griffin--West Lake
A single adult Great-crested Grebe was visible from the mouth of Sullivan's Creek at lunchtime today.
PJ Milburn 8/8 #219093
Wed 6Grey Currawong
Lake Ginninderra
I was walking with a friend this afternoon, at the lake shore not far from the LG College. My attention was attracted by a loud, ringing, bell-like call (definitely not pied), emanating from a Currawong which flew into view and perched in a nearby tree. It was paler and more nervous than the other Currawongs nearby, and consistent with my limited experience with the Grey. I report this as I am not sure about how common the species is in more suburban areas of Canberra. [Moderator's comment: Although never common, this species is reported in Canberra in all months of the year, but is perhaps seen more commonly in suburban areas in autumn and winter. FA]
Julian Teh 6/8 #219064
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Interesting to you as observer (must be justified)
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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