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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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February 2016
Sun 7Freckled Duck, Intermediate Egret
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
Count of 14 Freckled Duck at Kellys Swamp at approx 6:30 am. Intermediate Egret reported on 5 Feb also present but no sign of the Pink-eared Ducks.
Tom Wilson 8/2 #226514
Painted Button Quail
Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve--Campbell Park
Pair of Button Quail flushed from longer grass just north of the "horse gate" at approx 8am. Large number of Buff-rumped Thornbills feeding young, and evidence of breeding with large juveniles for several other species incl Dusky Woodswallow, White-winged Triller, Striated Pardalote and White-winged Chough. Single Horsfields Bronze Cuckoo seen. (Appreciate most of these are expected but evidence of what seems to have been a good breeding season.)
Tom Wilson 8/2 #226513
Fri 5Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Intermediate Egret
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
Good views of 2 Pink-eared, 4 Freckled Duck and 1 Intermediate Egret (continuing bird). 5:20-6:10pm
Carla Jackett 5/2 #226488

January 2016
Sun 31megamegaSquare-tailed Kite
Duffy St, Ainslie
Single bird, apparently a young one , over our house and adjacent parts of Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve. Was visible for a couple of minutes before disappearing northwards
Steve Holliday 31/1 #226440
Thu 21Crested Shrike-tit
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve--Sanctuary
2 seen together. I got the impression that one was begging. eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 22/1 #226335
Tue 19Superb Parrot
Adventure Playground
29 Superb Parrots observed feeding on the grass or perched in trees adjacent to the car park, just off Wendoree Drive. Time was around 8.15 pm and it was possible to approach birds on the ground to within 4 metres. A wonderful sight to see so many beautiful birds in one place. Mobile phone photos available. eBird checklist
Richard Arnold 19/1 #226305
Mon 18Superb Parrot, Musk Lorikeet
Wanniassa Hills Primary School
Observed 2 Musk Lorikeets and a flock of 9 Superb Parrots (quite rare on the southside) with Sandra H. Other birds later seen by myself include a Rainbow Lorikeet and a Wedge-tailed Eagle which flew over from the east. eBird checklist
Ryu Callaway 19/1 #226299
highlightMusk Lorikeet
Wanniassa Hills Primary School
Up to 4 birds seen by at least 3 observers today in flowering eucalypts.
Sandra Henderson 18/1 #226291
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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