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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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January 2017
Sat 14Superb Parrot
Gungahlin skate park
One male, two female or young
Murray Lord 14/1 #229800
Sun 8megamegaTawny Grassbird
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
The Tawny Grassbird was again observed this morning. Bird was very vocal and confiding allowing first photographs, videos and audio to be taken. This is the first ever record for the ACT although COG member David McDonald is chasing up a claim that a skin in the Australian Museum was taken from the 'Canberra area' in 1957. eBird checklist
A Smith, G Dabb, Y Oren and N Luff 8/1 #229730
Sat 7megamegaTawny Grassbird
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
Initially alerted by a metallic zit call. Bird then observed at about a distance of no more than 5m in a reed clump. Tawny crown clearly visible as was pale eyebrow and plain white buff/white throat and belly. Bird was then harassed by an Australian Reed Warbler and lost from view though later found about 50m distant, again, by the call. eBird checklist
A Smith; P Milburn 7/1 #229719
Wed 4Australian Swamphen and Grey Teal
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
There was a kerfuffel when an Australian Swamphen took a Teal duckling, presumably to eat! Photo attached. We also saw a resident Brown Snake. It is a dangerous place to be a duckling!
Phillip Bernie 7/1 #229720
Mon 2Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve
A male foraging in low vegetation and on ground, along the track that goes uphill from the entrance to the reserve at the end of Foveaux St. Follow track uphill, beyond the powerlines there is a small fenced area on the left, heathwren was about 40 metres past this enclosure on the left hand side of the track. 0630 hrs eBird checklist
Steve Holliday 2/1 #229669
Sun 1highlightDiamond Dove
Namadgi National Park--Yankee Hat car park
Adult male Diamond Dove observed and photographed at the carpark. Later, a second bird was observed at Namadgi Visitor Centre (see checklist S33325590). eBird checklist
A Smith, P Milburn 2/1 #229667

December 2016
Thu 29megamegaTawny Grassbird
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
I heard fragments of the first raspy part of its call on and off in the dry tussocky gassy area between Kelly Swamp and the boardwalk by Jerra Creek and thought it sounded like a TG, but dismissed this as my audible error. I heard then the full call, usually made in flight, with the repeated raspy chirp followed by the long more melodic falling away trill. Certain now that it was a TG I waited and saw the bird feeding on Dock seed heads in the strip of green vegetation about 40 metres from the boardwalk. Much larger than a Reed Warbler or Little Grassbird with a longer tail and rusty coloured crown. Obligingly it flew up, giving its distinctive rasp and trill call, holding its tail and wings in a somewhat drooping manner. Flew only about 2 metres above the vegetation before dropping back down and finishing the call back in the grass. [Moderator's note (updated): This is the first ever record for the ACT] eBird checklist Further information
Kim Larmour 29/12 #229622
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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