Canberra region Birdwatchers Hotline highlights

Subject: Canberra region Birdwatchers Hotline highlights
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 14:56:16 +1100 (EST)
Highlights from twice-weekly Canberra Ornithologists' Group (COG) hotline,
for fortnight ending 20 February (some reports are of earlier obs).

There are unusually early signs of movements among migratory birds,
presumably drought related, though no definite evidence of migration yet.
The first three records below are of this nature; the 4th & 5th MAY be part
of a movement of water birds towards the coast.

WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOWS       6/2     moving north over Canberra

RAINBOW BEE-EATERS (a common local breeding migrant which has been
remarkably scarce this year)       7/2 moving north over suburban Hackett

ROSE ROBIN (a regular autumn passage migrant)   ~16/2 male, inner suburban

DARTERS         18/2    9 soaring in thermal over dry clay of Jerrabomberra

PELICANS        15/2    35 soaring in thermal over Goulburn bypass (Sydney
highway, 100k north of Canberra)

BLACK FALCON    14/2    suburban Hackett

SPOTLESS CRAKE  15/2    Nicholls golf course (in new Gungahlin northern suburbs)

Hotline number: 02 6247 5530
COG web site:
Ian Fraser, Canberra  
Environment Tours; Vertego Environmental Writing Consultancy
ph: 02 62491560 fax: 02 62473227

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