Bush Stone-Curlew status

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Bush Stone-Curlew status
From: shorty <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 09:04:11 +0000
I don't recall this discussion, perhaps i was not invited into it?

What is the time frame for a bird to be tickable? and who makes this decision? And what qualifies them to make this decision? Who can say that a wild bird has not joined the group?

On a side note i received a condescending email from eBird stating that Peafowl will no longer be tickable and only domestic type will be accepted. I assume Sparrow, Starling, Gold and Green Finch etc will also be removed?


On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 5:50 PM Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
There has also been discussion of whether the birds were tickable or not.  I think the concision was “not”.  The word “ chook” may have been used.  

From memory the issue was the time the colony had to exist after assisted establishment to be counted as self-sustaining.

On Wed, 15 Jan 2020 at 17:09, Chris Davey <> wrote:

I suspect that the lack of records is because there is now a student from the ANU working on the birds and those who frequent MF send any observations to her. Another thing is that I have left the project for her to run and so have not been visiting Mulligans Flat. The Friends etc would note curlews and then the observations would go to the chat-line but possibly this no longer occurs.


Also, like Superb Parrots, sightings are now old hat and not worth bothering about especially as Incidential reports but would be included in a list.


I note that you write about 2 records yet indicate the number of observations is up from the previous year?




From: Paul Fennell [
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:04 AM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bush Stone-Curlew status


Hello everyone,

While I subscribe to the chatline, I tend to be a bit out of touch regarding what is going on in the bird observation world.  This is the entry I propose to put in the next Annual Bird Report.  Has anyone got any comments to make on its accuracy, or  what might have contributed to such a different result from the previous year, where a total of 48 birds were recorded?


Bush Stone-curlew   Burhinus grallarius                                                 Reintroduced, rare resident

This species has been reintroduced to the predator free sanctuary within Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. Declared endangered in NSW.

General:  Only 1 sighting of a single bird on 17 Oct at Mulligans Flat (BoJ1). This follows 16 sightings at MFNR between Jul and Apr (BoJ1, GrB1, Bec2, W S1, DaC1 & ClJ3). 1 sighting from the adjoining suburb of Forde 1/7 Apr Forde (EbD1). Up from 11 sightings the previous year.



Paul Fennell
Editor, COG Annual Bird Report




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