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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 Frank Antram.

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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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March 2017
Fri 17Australian Shelduck
Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
2 males with 100+ other waterfowl on pond 2B about 1150 hrs, viewed from the fenceline. Unfortunately a vehicle flushed them barely a minute later, they appeared to land on one of the back ponds (3a or 3 b). First I have seen in the ACT for a while. eBird checklist
Steve Holliday 17/3 #230401
Sat 11Rainbow Bee-eater
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
3 birds observed from Bittern hide at around 8.30 am. They subsequently flew into a eucalypt near Cygnus. Last report for this site seems to be 2 years ago
Richard Arnold 11/3 #230322
Fri 10Diamond Firetail, White-throated Treecreeper
Arawang Homestead via Kambah
Don't think I have recorded Firetails here since 1980s. Treecreeper not recorded previously.
Ross Bennett 12/3 #230338
Tawny Frogmouth
14 Amaroo Street, Reid
Two birds previously reported as Powerful Owl were identified by a competent observer as Tawny Frogmouth.
Sandra Mackenzie 8/3 #230304
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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