Re: [Birding-Aus] Birdline ACT Weekly Update

Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Birdline ACT Weekly Update
From: Birdline ACT Birdline ACT <>
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:25:19 -0400

Birdline ACT

Published sightings for the week ending 9 Sep 2012.

Sun 9 Sep Red-necked Stint Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
Red-necked Stint (2) a pair see on pond 7
Brendan Sheean, Scott Ryan and Frank Antram

Pallid Cuckoo Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
Pallid Cuckoo (2) a pair seen on the powerlines near pond 1.
Brendan Sheean

Sat 8 Sep White-necked Heron, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Kellys Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fyshwick
1 White-necked Heron and 2 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in the paddocks. The Sharpies were loosely associating with Black-fronted Dotterel (and not each other) on the Shoveler Pool.
Frank Antram

Sat 8 Sep Superb Parrot Avery Place, Fraser
Pair - male and female calling - first sighting for this year
Wolf Wanjura

Fri 7 Sep Spotted Harrier Kelly's Swamp
A male and female Spotted Harrier were conspicuous at Kelly's Swamp this afternoon. The female was soaring in the strong wind and the male was circling the swamp at treetop height causing panic among the waterbirds. Australian Ravens were mobbing the female and a Black Shouldered Kite was aggressively confronting the male.
PJ Milburn

Whiskered Tern Kellys Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fyshwick
Whiskered Tern (1) adult in breeding plumage over the swamp, later flew over the road to the sewage ponds
Steve Holliday

Wed 5 Sep Noisy Friarbird Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve
one calling - my first for the season [Moderator's comment: first report of the season on Eremaea for the ACT]
Steve Holliday

Tue 4 Sep Brown Quail, Spotted Harrier, Lewin's Rail, Latham's Snipe Kellys Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fyshwick
2 Brown Quail in the long grass near the southern end of the swamp, a quartering Spotted Harrier and a calling Lewin's Rail were the highlights of an early morning visit to Kellys Swamp. Also one Latham's Snipe near the hospice pond.
Alastair Smith

Tue 4 Sep Southern Whiteface Cook
A pair of Southern Whiteface on the track next to the horse paddocks
Roger Williams

Spotless Crake Kelly's Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands
One bird observed feeding 7 am.
Margaret Leggoe

Mon 3 Sep Spangled Drongo Eucumbene Drive Duffy
Observed 0915. This bird has been in the vicinity of the water supply tank end of Eucumbene Drive for approximately 2 weeks.
Jean Casburn

White-bellied Sea-Eagle Shepherds Lookout
One immature bird flying south along the river.
Stephen Wallace

Sun 2 Sep Australasian Darter Mulligan's Flat Sanctuary
A male Darter was perched on a log drying its wings at the first large dam just inside the main entrance to Mulligan's Flat Sanctuary. I have not observed this species at Mulligan's Flat previously.
PJ Milburn

Rose Robin Mulligan's Flat Sanctuary
A male Rose Robin was in a mixed species feeding flock at the COG Bird Walk marker post #5. This is the first one that I have seen in the Mulligan's Flat Sanctuary. [Moderator's comment: Male Rose Robins (quite probably the same bird) were reported on 26 and 27 August 2012.]
PJ Milburn

Wed 22 Aug Buff-banded Rail Lyall Gillespie Corridor Forde, between Tom Nicholas Cres & Alice Burrey St. west of footbridge.
Seen five times. 31/7 and 22/8 passing close on a bike. 1/8, 7/8 & 10/8 at distance with binoculars. Always at same spot, emerged from lomandra and foraged up to 2m. on mown grass. Excellent views from side, front and back. Bill long and thin. Head & nape rust colour, no white band above eyes, no banding on the chest, but banding on the belly. Back an oily bronze colour, with creamy scallops on the edges of feathers. No spotting like the Buff-banded Rail. Behaviour similiar to B-bR. Overall colour is a khaki brown not as speckled and garish as B-bR. Two photos taken at a distance. [Moderator's note: The observer has withdrawn the original claim of Lewin's Rail following review of photographs which depicted a Buff-banded Rail]
Bill Graham

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