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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.

July 2014
Sun 20Pink Robin
Australian National Botanic Gardens
One female Pink Robin seen. [Moderator's comment: Further info sought from the observer] 'I'm not very familiar with pinks [robins] but I am with all the other red robins. It had 2 buff wing bars, no white in the tail & no reddish flush on the chest.'
Terry Reis 20/7 #218763
Sat 19Barn Owl
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
A Barn Owl was roosting between Bittern and Cygnus hides around dusk. It was then vigorously hassled by two Pied Currawongs, but held its ground, and was still there when we left. Thanks to Shorty for reporting this bird.
Christine D 19/7 #218751
Mon 14Red-kneed Dotterel
Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
One visible from the fence on pond 2b (COG pond 6), along with 50+ Pink-eared Ducks and 60+ Grey Teal.
Steve Holliday 14/7 #218677
Tue 8Australian Little Bittern
McKellar Wetland
The Australian Little Bittern is still present at McKellar Wetland, flying from one section of rush to another, in the south-east corner.
Tim Dolby and Frank Antram 8/7 #218564
Mon 7Black-backed Bittern
McKellar Wetlands
Male bittern was observed this morning at the wetlands after a two hour wait. Initially observed in flight and then great views in a reed bed.
Alastair Smith 7/7 #218548
Sun 6Superb Parrot
Watson ACT
I unexpectedly caught this female Superb Parrot flocking with a group of about 10 King Parrots. She appeared to be following similar behaviours as the King Parrots but I did not see her feed.
Ted Simes 7/7 #218558
highlightGreat Crested Grebe
Lake Burley Griffin, East Basin
Three Great Crested Grebe were seen in the vicinity of entrance to Jerrabomberra Creek at 0900 before they were flushed by a canoeist. Birds then flew to the western side of the basin, providing an opportunity to observe them in flight. Observed by Scott Ryan at 1130 and Milburn in the late afternoon. Further information
Alastair Smith 6/7 #218537
Sat 5Olive-backed Oriole
Euree Street, Reid
A single adult Olive-backed Oriole was present in Euree Street in the oaks (Quercus luscitanicus) bordering Reid Oval at around 10:00 this morning.
PJ Milburn 5/7 #218524

June 2014
Mon 30Pink-eared Duck
Weston Creek Ponds
66 Pink-eared Ducks on the ponds. Also at least 3 Black-fronted Plovers on margins of ponds. 70+ Red-rumped Parrots flew off as i passed
Martin Butterfield 30/6 #218444
Sun 29highlightWhite-headed Pigeon
Miller Street O'Connor
At 11:52 a White-headed Pigeon flew over Miller Street from Turner.
PJ Milburn 1/7 #218448
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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