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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

Birdline Australian Capital Territory is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Alastair Smith and Frank Antram.

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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

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August 2015
Fri 28Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve--Campbell Park
Adult bird. Heard several times and then seen really well as it fed on what looked like white fluffy scale insects in a low sapling by the track that runs adjacent to the fence above the dam. Brown crown and nape, beautiful metallic green wings with charcoal coloured primaries. Underparts white with horizontal stripes from chin and face down to tail. No rufous edge to underside of tail feathers. No white eyebrow. This would appear to be a very early sighting of this species in the ACT. [Moderator's note: Most birds return in September, so 28 August is not all that early - thanks to Peter Milburn and Martin Butterfield for pointing this out. FA] eBird checklist
Kim and Geoff Larmour 28/8 #224348
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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