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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

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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

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

February 2015
Thu 5Red-capped Robin
Pine Island South
A female red-capped robin at far end of picnic area of Pine Island South - on the fence on river side of grassed area, doing her perch-and-pounce thing. Plenty of yellow thornbills in casuarinas on river bank.
sandra henderson 5/2 #222119
Wed 4Musk Lorikeet
Shackell Pl, Wanniassa
2 Musk Lorikeets in top of old red gum in my back garden. I have heard them occasionally over last few days among the Rainbow Lorikeets - but this was first sighting of the Musks. Stayed about 15 minutes.
Sandra Henderson 4/2 #222109
Mon 2Painted Button-quail
Bendora Rd
Seen on the road between Warks Rd and Mount Franklin Rd, at about 3:10pm. Very poor photo attached. eBird checklist
Steve Wallace, Lyndon and Christine D. 2/2 #222083

January 2015
Sat 31Australian Owlet-nightjar
Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve--Campbell Park
Four Owlet-nightjars seen in three separate trees within about 100-200m of each other. One heard calling. The two together were rather more shy than the other two. Poor photo attached. eBird checklist
Christine D 1/2 #222056
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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