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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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

October 2016
Thu 6Dollarbird, Diamond Firetail
Gilmore Horse Paddocks
My first ACT Dollarbird for the season. An impressive single flock of 17-18 Diamond Firetails. eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 6/10 #228784
Mon 3Satin Flycatcher, Gang-gang Cockatoo
Wanniassa Hills Nature Reserve
My first ACT Satin Flycatcher for the season. A pair of Gang-gangs flew over, very rare in this part of Canberra eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 6/10 #228781

September 2016
Wed 28megamegaApostlebird
North Watson Wetlands
Spotted this bird on the nature strip near the North Watson Wetlands. I first noted the shape and very long tail and wondered what it was as it didn't immediately match the birds I am used to seeing in this location. With a closer look I identified it as an Apostlebird - having seen these previously in Dubbo. It was scratching in the grass and a pile of garden mulch, then hopped across the road and continued. About the length of a Red Wattlebird but slightly stockier and the tail is longer and a bit flared towards the end. Mostly dark grey in colour with lighter and darker mottled appearance. Some mid brown on the wings. Tail dark. Narrow black mask across eyes. Short thick dark bill. [Moderator's comment: This is the first sighting of the species in the ACT since 1948 when 6 birds were observed at Hall. AS. ] eBird checklist
Tony Nairn 28/9 #228695
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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