Birdline ACT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline ACT Weekly Update
Date: 26 Sep 2011 01:30:27 +1000

Birdline ACT

Published sightings for the week ending 25 Sep 2011.

Sun 25 Sep Australian Painted Snipe Kellys Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, ACT
The two Australian Painted Snipe were still at Kellys Swamp at 14:00 h today, although they were not seen by me or several other people for the hour and a half prior to that. They were again in the green grass tussocks about 2m to the right (north) of the right end of the fallen log at the far SW corner of Kellys.
Harvey Perkins

Australian Painted Snipe Kelly's Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, ACT
Two Australian Painted Snipe still at southern end of Kelly's Swamp at 16:20.
Martin Edvardsson

Black-shouldered Kite Kama Nature Reserve
14 Black-shouldered Kites together (there may have been more), hunting over paddocks down to the Molonglo, and perching on posts and branches. Included at least 6 juveniles.
Frank Antram

Sat 24 Sep Australian Painted Snipe Kellys Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, ACT
Two Australian Painted Snipe found at southern end of Kellys Swamp at 15:20 h on a bleak overcast afternoon. Canberra birders alerted and an hour later there were 18 people watching the birds. Initially thought to be an adult female/adult male pair, but now I think the smaller of the two birds is an immature female based on plumage pattern of the closed wing. On-line discussion of this issue is continuing...
Harvey Perkins

Pied Butcherbird Strathnairn Homestead, Stockdill Drive, Holt.
Hopping vigorously about beneath trees in paddock adjacent to car park. Watched bird for three minutes from 25 metres until it flew away in general direction of Shepherds Lookout.
John K. Layton

Australian Pelican Fyshwick sewage ponds
Six pelicans circled twice overhead at 0755 and flew off in a north-easterly direction.
Margaret Leggoe

Glossy Ibis Kelly's Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetland, Fyshwick
Glossy Ibis was still at Kellys, but later in the morning it was observed heading towards Kingston.
Alastair Smith

White-winged Triller, Olive-backed Oriole, Rufous Songlark Callum Brae Nature Reserve
Some migrants have returned to Callum Brae including White-winged Triller (1) female, Olive-backed Oriole (6) 1 juvenile, Rufous Songlark (4) and White-throated Gerygone (3).
Alastair Smith

Fri 23 Sep Lewins Rail, Black Falcon Kellys Swamp
Yesterday lunchtime (13:30 ish) a Lewin's Rail was creeping around under the bushes between the Cygnus and Bittern Hides. Also a male Black Falcon plummeted out of the sky and tried to grab a coot! It made a couple more passes but the birds on the water were able to duck under and avoid capture.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
One Sharp-tailed Sandpiper on the expansive mud flats of pond 5. This is probably the same bird that was at Kellys Swamp on Wednesday (missing today) and is the first wader I have seen at FSP.
Alastair Smith

Spotless Crake, Glossy Ibis, Great Egret, Latham's Snipe Kelly's Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetland, Fyshwick
Two Spotless Crakes in the reads in front of Bittern hide, the previously reported Glossy Ibis is moving around the swamp, one Great Egret and a single Latham's Snipe flying north over the swamp (my first for the swamp this season; all others have been near the hospice pond).
Alastair Smith

Thu 22 Sep Rufous Songlark Kama reserve

Roger Williams

Wed 21 Sep Glossy-black Cockatoo Rob Roy Nature Reserve
On the ANPS walk today 2 Glossies were at S 35deg 28' 01.6" W 149deg 07' 36.4" feeding in an Allocasuarina verticillata when disturbed and another about 100m south across a deep gully . Other birds recorded were:- YR Thornbill, Mistletoe Bird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, A Raven, Little Raven, WT Eagle, Spotted Pardalote, Magpie, Yellow-faced Honey-eater, Galah, Grey Shrike-thrush, Red Wattlebird, Striated Pardalote, Weebill, Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella, Pied Currawong, Brown Goshawk.
Peter Ormay

Glossy Ibis, White-necked Heron, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Kelly's Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetland, Fyshwick
A single Glossy Ibis and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper seen on Kellys early this afternoon. Also two White-necked Herons. There was only one Glossy Ibis reported in the 2009/2010 Annual Bird Report (ABR) down from 10 in 2008/2009 and 22 in 2007/2008.
Alastair Smith

Tue 20 Sep Sacred Kingfisher The Pinnacle Nature Reserve
Single bird seen on Springvale road, heading into Pinnacle Nature Reserve.
Scott Ryan

Superb Parrot Macquarie Oval
8 Superb Parrots flying through. Plus seven other parrot/cockatoo species.
Frank Antram

Mon 19 Sep White-browed Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow The Pinnacle Nature Reserve, ACT
Mixed flock of White-browed and Masked Woodswallows observed hawking for insects in the late afternoon/evening. Approximately 40-50 birds in total, the majority of them White-browed Woodswallows and the remainder Masked Woodswallows. [Moderator's note: Judging from reports on Birdline NSW and Birdline Vic, there was an influx yesterday and today of these species into south eastern Australia]
John Brannan

Tue 13 Sep Black-Shouldered Kite The Pinnacle Nature Reserve
Benj Whitworth

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