White-throated Nightjars at Pierces Creek/Cotter area .....

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Subject: White-throated Nightjars at Pierces Creek/Cotter area .....
From: Kim Farley via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:21:41 +0000
On 22 Feb Zeb Muller and Luke Downey reported White-throated Nightjar at several locations in the Pierces Creek/Cotter area. Their reports were made to eBird and include a Checklist with a video of one bird in flight and an audio file of another bird calling the species' distinctive bubbling ascending call. Over subsequent nights other birders have been successful in hearing and seeing these lovely birds.
The best time to see and hear them is not long after dusk, though calls have been reported up to midnight (after which it was perhaps the birders who called it a night rather than the birds themselves).
There has been some discussion among observers as to why multiple birds have been found to be present right now. But as the species is migratory in the southern parts of its range, perhaps birds are moving though our district and may not not be around for very long. Others may like to comment on this point. 
Actual locations they have been reported are shown on eBird (use Explore/Species Maps)

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