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January 2017
Fri 13highlightUnknown Gull
Lee Point, Northern Territory
There has been much discussion (and more photos) on Birdline NT Facebook and Australian Twitchers Facebook. Gull also seen at Stoke's Hill Wharf Darwin. As yet there is no consensus as to the ID.
Andrew Bell per Margaret Alcorn 14/1 #229802
Sun 1highlightBlack Noddy, South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Broadwater Beach (south of Ballina)
SIPO with Australian band and flag still present late this afternoon. Still awaiting details of banding records.
Hans Wohlmuth, Steve McBride, June Harris, Kathy Wilk, Faye Smith 1/1 #229666

December 2016
Thu 29highlightTawny Grassbird
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory
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
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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