Reporting captive birds at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Reporting captive birds at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
From: Paul Fennell <>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:03:09 +0000
Hello to all active bird observers!

I have just had my first look at all the bird data for the COG area of interest 
for the annual bird report.  It was a big year for birdwatching in this region, 
with the number of records presented, the numbers of species reported, and the 
number of observers higher than ever before.  I think the eBird and the smart 
phone app has changed the face of bird record keeping for quite some time.

The first set of records I looked at was for the Emu, being first bird on my 

This year there were far too many reports (generally reported on eBird) of 
captive emus at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.  I am not exactly sure of what 
eBird policy is for the reporting of captive species, but I would assume eBird 
would not countenance the reporting of Flamingos, for example, at the Bronx 
Zoo. I am also assuming that someone who has a far more intimate knowledge of 
eBird policy will inform us all on exactly what’s what on this issue.

Basically, COG certainly wants to know about sightings of emus in the wild, 
even those not far from Tidbinbilla who have most likely escaped. COG is not 
interested in recording captive birds that are inside Tidbinbilla.

So out of the 29 reports of emu sightings, there were 10 that appeared to be 
wild birds. This is slightly up on the 7 records for last year.

So I would appeal to all bird observers to report only birds in the wild, not 
those in captivity.

Warm regards and happy (wild) birding.


Paul Fennell
Editor, COG Annual Bird Report

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