Birdline ACT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline ACT Weekly Update
Date: 12 Sep 2011 01:30:11 +1000

Birdline ACT

Published sightings for the week ending 11 Sep 2011.

Sun 11 Sep Buff-banded Rail, Spotless Crake Kellys Swamp
Small glimpse of a Buff-banded Rail this afternoon in bullrushes. Spotless Crake was also heard calling from rushes
Scott Ryan

Sat 10 Sep Superb Parrot Belconnen Town Centre
2 Superb Parrots flying over Bunnings car park at about 16.30.
Frank Antram

Fri 9 Sep Barn Owl ANU, near the Shine Dome
In the middle of the day spotted this handsome creature taking some time out on the window sill of a bush-facing window of the Sir Roland Wilson Building. Reports from colleagues that he was being harassed by magpies.
Pam McGrath

Barn Owl National Film and Sound Archive Acton
A Barn Owl was being harassed by a variety of birds in the early am.They cornered the owl in an external stair way and I was able to pick it up and fend the other birds off .As I came up to the top of the stairs holding the owl the various birds started to attack me, I had to run away. I went into the building and exited it from another side hoping the currawongs, maggies, etc., would not see me. I then placed the owl in a tree and it flew off immediately with the attacking birds picking up the chase. I continued to follow the owl hoping to help it but the attacking birds were relentless. I hope it escaped. Why do the birds attack the owl?
David Norris

Great Egret, Cattle Egret Kelly's Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetland, Fyshwick
1 Great Egret on Kelly's Swamp; 10 Cattle Egret in the paddocks.
Frank Antram

Thu 8 Sep Eastern Barn Owl 7th Floor Space 2 Balcony Northbourne Ave Turner
Barn Owl fast asleep on our Balcony when we got home from work. Thought he was not well as one of his wings looked hurt. Also Maggies were bothering him. After calling WIRES vet, RSPCA went out to rescue him, only to have him fly off (chased off by maggies). Must assume that he found the corner of our balcony a quiet place to rest.
Jayne Leighton

Spotless Crake Kelly's Swamp
Good views had for 10 minutes of a single Spotless Crake in the bullrushes near Bittern Bird Hide.
Scott Ryan

Red-necked Avocet West Basin, Lake Burley Griffin
Flock of 10, maximum 15 Red-necked Avocets flying low and wheeling around the Lake Burley Griffin, West Basin between Commonwealth Bridge and the National Museum of Australia, this morning at about 8.55 am for at least five minutes. They flew close to Commonwealth Bridge and I was able to positively identify them, largely white with black wing tips, long trailing legs, red head, long bill, but the close flying and lack of binoculars made it hard to count exact numbers.
Peter Ramshaw

Barn Owl Waugh Cl, Evatt
Barn Owl sighted hiding in tree in private backyard. Surrounded by approx. 10-15 birds of varied species (Aust Raven, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eastern Rosellas, Red Wattlebirds, Aust Magpies), being attacked by Aust Raven whilst in tree. Flew out of the tree after approx. 10mins and was chased by all the birds in the direction of McKellar.
Jessica Delahunty

Mon 5 Sep Dusky Woodswallow Kambah side of Mt Arawang
A flock of about a dozen Dusky Woodswallows moving around the horse paddocks and along the lower slopes of Mt Arawang at about 11am. they were kind enough to pose for photos!
Pam Malone

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