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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 Peter Milburn.

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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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October 2017
Mon 2Sacred Kingfisher
Fully coloured adult in the middle of the suburb! First time I've seen or heard one here (lived here for five years now). It sat on the line for a few minutes, before something down below caught its attention. Dropped like a rock a moment later & not seen again.
Adam FitzGerald 2/10 #232097

September 2017
Sat 23Dusky Woodswallow
Cumpston Place, Macgregor
70+ Dusky Woodswallow flying westwards, high over my house
Lucy Wenger 23/9 #231939
Wed 20Great Crested Grebe, Red-capped Robin
Cotter Dam
Participants in COG outing to the Cotter Reserve saw the grebe on the water some distance from the track above edge of dam. Red-capped Robin initially heard, then seen a few minutes later, along track leading up to the dam.
Sandra Henderson and nearly 30 others! 20/9 #231898
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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