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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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June 2016
Mon 13Spotless Crake and more
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
The highlight was a single Spotless Crake seen in front of Cygnus Hide. 4 Brown Quails were a lifer for me, and a handful of Dusky Woodswallows were still hanging around. About 50 Pink-eared Ducks were vortexing on Kelly's. A single flyover flock contained over 300 Silver Gulls (Yes, I counted them from a photo) eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 13/6 #227763
Sun 12Spotless Crake
Fadden Hills Pond
At least 1 Spotless Crake still present. Suspect it is resident and will overwinter again this year eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 13/6 #227762
Sat 11Rose Robin
Fadden Hills Pond
SIngle male at the far end of the gully (near the pumping station) eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 12/6 #227751
Intermediate Egret, Dusky Woodswallow, Pink-eared Duck
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
A group of about 20 Dusky Woodswallows were seen foraging in the woodland area south of the ponds at around 10:30 am. It is surprising to see such a large group at this time of year. Intermediate Egret observed from the Bittern hide around 10:00 am - good views while foraging and resting within 20 m of the hide. A white-faced Heron was foraging in close proximity, providing a good size reference. Also of note was the recently-reported flock of at least 90 Pink-eared Ducks in Kelly's Swamp. eBird checklist
Donna Belder 12/6 #227752

May 2016
Sun 29highlightSquare-tailed Kite
Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve--Campbell Park
I arrived at Campbell Park at about 3 pm, and noticed a bird of prey circling overhead. It hung around for at least 5 minutes, circling slowly just above the canopy, providing good views in the afternoon sun. The bird had a square tail and dark rufous body, with rufous extending across the leading edge of wings, contrasting with paler wings. Pale band on upperside of wings also seen. Had similar plumage characteristics to the individual seen on Mt Ainslie in January, in that the tail band and white on face were not very apparent.
Brenton von Takach 29/5 #227617
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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