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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.

September 2014
Wed 17Musk Duck, Superb Parrot
Yerrabi Pond
Female Musk Duck with 2 ducklings found quite easily. Male also very obvious along shore. 5 Superb Parrots flew into small tree near playground off Wunderlich St. eBird checklist Further information
Martin Butterfield 17/9 #219753
Sun 14Glossy black cockatoos
Mt Majura Nature Reserve -- Mt Majura Rd
The 4 Glossy Black-cockatoos initially discovered on the 7 September were relocated along Mt Majura Rd, half-way up the hill. 1 ad male, 1 ad female and 2 immature birds.
Viv Rolland and Jono Henshaw 14/9 #219705
Tue 9highlightWhite-browed Woodswallow
Mt Majura Nature Reserve
An estimated flock of 120 birds riding the updrafts from the strong northwesterly wind over the ridge in Mt Majura Nature Reserve around noon today. This is the earliest date in spring that I have recorded this species in the ACT. eBird checklist
PJ Milburn 9/9 #219611
Sun 7Lewin's Rail
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
1 Lewin's Rail at the southern end of Kelly's (kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek heard 3 times at 6.03-6.05pm). A bird was also heard in the morning by Alastair Smith. eBird checklist
Viv Rolland and Alastair Smith 8/9 #219583

August 2014
Sun 24Black Kite
Mount Painter Nature Reserve
First circled low over the northern slopes and then ended up climbing the same thermal as a Little Eagle on the eastern side of Mount Painter at just after 12 noon. eBird checklist
Martin Edvardsson 24/8 #219349
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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