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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.

October 2014
Thu 2Swift Parrot
Lake Ginninderra--Macdermott Place
3 birds observed in Eucalyptus near boat ramp
Adam FitzGerald 2/10 #220015
Wed 1Rainbow Bee-eater
Mt Majura Nature Reserve
A small group of Rainbow Bee-eaters (at least four) flew over, and landed briefly in the trees at around 11:30am. My first for the season, poor photo attached.
Christine D 1/10 #220008

September 2014
Tue 23White-winged Triller
Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve--Campbell Park
A single male White winged Triller. The first I have seen this spring eBird checklist
Roger Williams 23/9 #219873
Fri 19highlightWhite-throated Nightjar
Lyneham Ridge
This morning I flushed a White-throated Nightjar: large, very dark nightjar, white throat, small white patch in wing tips. Bird disappeared over a small rise and was not relocated. eBird checklist
Michael Lenz 19/9 #219789
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Hawker Oval
Looking for the Blue-faced Honeyeater as reported by Peter Christian yesterday, and after a long wait (at around 10:30am) the bird appeared, and foraged for around 10 minutes in the far side of the ironbark. It called as it flew off, but could not be relocated. Poor photo attached. With Steve Wallace and Lyndon. eBird checklist
Christine D 19/9 #219778
Thu 18highlightBlue-faced Honeyeater
Hawker Oval - behind the softball centre
Miner-sized honeyeater in flowering ironbark (the only one there!) with obvious blue area around eye, black crown, white nape, black lower face and a black bib separated from head by white malar stripes. Upperparts bright olive green and underparts white. Watched for about 20 minutes around 8.30 in the morning. Heard to call 3-4 times only. eBird checklist
Peter Christian 18/9 #219764
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. eBird checklist
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
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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