Birdline ACT Weekly Update

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Subject: Birdline ACT Weekly Update
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Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:24:35 +1100
Birdline ACT
Published sightings for the week ending 12 Feb 2012.
Sun 12 Feb Rainbow Bee-eater Swamp Creek
Rainbow Bee-eater (3) Breeding. Observed feeding young.
Alastair Smith

White-throated Needletail Uriarra Road
White-throated Needletail 7 heading south.
Alastair Smith

White-throated Needletail Giralang
About 7:30 this evening a large flock (100+) of White-throated Needletails flew over my place in Giralang heading west. Most were very high, but a few were flying low.
Duncan McCaskill

Sat 11 Feb Superb Parrot Bunnings Belconnen
About 50 birds flew over heading east.
Stephen Wallace

Tawny Frogmouth O'Connor Ridge Nature Reserve
Tawny Frogmouth (2) perched in a red stringy bark and (usually for frogmouths) in plain view.
Alastair Smith

Thu 9 Feb Superb Parrot Eddison Park Woden
Solitary male flying north over Eddison Park at 0830 this morning. I don't often see them southside
John Leonard

Wed 8 Feb Pallid Cuckoo Molonglo River
Pallid Cuckoo (1) immature. Looking for Pied Cormorants reported on Canberrabirds. There were no Pied Cormorants. Little Pied Cormorants were breeding (6 juveniles) as were Little Black Cormorants (4 juveniles) and Australasian Darters (about 20 nestlings and juveniles).
Alastair Smith

Royal Spoonbill Kelly's Swamp
1 Royal Spoonbill feeding vigorously at 11am.
Robin Hide

Tue 7 Feb Peregrine Falcon Cotter Road/Tuggeranong Parkway Weston
Peregrine Falcon flying low after being mobbed by a surprisingly acrobatic Black-shouldered Kite. I have often seen peregrines at this location hunting the feral pigeons that live beneath the bridge.
Peter Ramshaw

Mon 6 Feb Restless Flycatcher CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
As I was leaving CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences I saw a Restless Flycatcher, the first I have seen in the ACT in about 4 years – I did hear one 2 years ago near Gundaroo. This is a species that was once quite common locally but as Canberra has expanded is becoming increasingly uncommon to my eyes.
Mark Clayton

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