Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update
Date: 14 Oct 2013 03:00:51 +1000

Birdline Australian Capital Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 13 Oct 2013.

Sun 13 Oct Ruddy Turnstone, Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
The highlight of a sanctioned visit to FSP today was an immature Ruddy Turnstone. The Wood Sandpiper and single Red-necked Stint were also present as were just two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. According to Wilson (1999) this is the first record since a passage migrant was observed on Lake Burley Griffin on 25 September 1991. A rather poor digiscoped image attached.
Alastair Smith, Milburn, Vivien Roland

Sat 12 Oct White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike Hobbs Street O'Connor
At 12:33 today a pale morph White-Bellied Cuckooo-Shrike flew over Hobbs Street O'Connor. It was chased away westwards towards Black Mountain by a Black-faced Cuckooe-Shrike.
PJ Milburn

White-breasted Woodswallow, Olive Whistler Blundells Creek and Warks Roads
White-breasted Woodswallow (1) At the first u-bend in Warks Rd. Flushed from a tree as I got out of the car. White undersides with a dark grey/black tail, sharply defined agains the white belly. According to Pizzey, this is a unique feature. Stumpy triangular wings. Well below the canopy of the trees at around 3-4 meters, it flew off roughly to the south and i was unable to relocate. I was surprised to see this species in this habitat Olive Whistler (3) Including 1 with a silver band on it's right leg, subtly coloured grey birds with feint white throat patch and buffish wash on belly. [Moderator's comment: This is a remarkable record from unlikely habitat for a White-breasted Woodswallow and, if accepted by the rarities committee, will be the first record of this species for the ACT I believe.]
Ben Walmsley

Fri 11 Oct Dollarbird Campbell Park and environs
Just a single bird at Campbell Park Reserve about 100mtrs from the main car park [Moderator's comment: Quite possibly the same bird that was reported on 6/10/13 by two other observers. The only records so far this spring.]
Roger Williams

Thu 10 Oct Pied Butcherbird Black Mountain Reserve
At about 17:20 this evening an adult Pied Butcherbird flew over my head towards Aranda in the northeastern sector of Black Mountain Reserve. I was between the Link Track and the Powerline Track, south of Belconnen Way. I attempted to relocate it to no avail.
PJ Milburn

Wed 9 Oct Wood Sandpiper Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
Wood Sandpiper (1) Still visible at 6pm tonight, together with a sharp-tailed sandpiper, red kneed dotterels and black fronted dotterels
Vivien Rolland & Jono Henshaw

Tue 8 Oct Wood Sandpiper, Blue-billed Duck Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
Three species of wader on Pond 2b with the highlight being 1 Wood Sandpiper (thanks GD); also 2 Red-necked Stints and 5 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. A 'recently released' male Blue-billed Duck (1) was observed on Pond 2a. This is the ACT's first record of a Wood Sandpiper since 1994 (Wilson, 1999)
Smith, Milburn, Perkins, Walmsley and Williams

Tue 8 Oct Pink eared Duck Kellys Swamp Jerrabombera Wetlands
There were 2 Pink-eared ducks on Kellys swamp
Roger Williams

Mon 7 Oct Red-necked Stint Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
The 2 Red-necked Stints found on the 4th of october were still visible from the road today. Also 1 Whiskered Tern.
Vivien Rolland

Mon 7 Oct White-browed Woodswallow Campbell Park and environs
A single male White-browed Woodswallow observed perched on a stag at Campbell Park this morning.
Alastair Smith, Michael Wright

Mon 7 Oct Swamp Harrier Kellys Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fyshwick
One bird this afternoon about 3pm.
Stephen Wallace

Red-necked Stint Fyshwick Sewage Ponds
One Red-necked Stint seen at Fyshwick Sewage Ponds this afternoon along with 8 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Leo Berzins

Sat 5 Oct Rainbow Bee-eater Julius St Pearce
2 birds seen flying overhead on both Saturday 5th and Monday 7th Oct.
Michael Wright

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