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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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September 2019
Fri 13megamegaNorthern Shoveler
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
Continuing rarity for Australia. Dark green head and neck, white breast and large chestnut/brown patches on side of body. Observed roosting in Kellys Swamp and seemed quite settled. 12 Freckled Duck and 1 Whiskered Tern still present.
Carla Jackett with a number of other observers 14/9 #241149
Tue 10megamegaNorthern Shoveler
Jerrabomberra Wetlands - Kellys Swamp
Initially spotted by Roger Williams. A good contingent of local birders in attendance by the time I got there. Bird was sitting in the grass on far side of Kellys Swamp, with the local shoveler. Also present a single Pied Stilt and a Whiskered Tern. [Moderator comment: This is the ACT's first-ever record of this species] eBird checklist
sandra Henderson 10/9 #241118
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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