ACT Region Hotline highlights

Subject: ACT Region Hotline highlights
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 14:24:24 +1000 (EST)
Highlights from twice-weekly Canberra Ornithologists' Group (COG) hotline,
for week and a half ending 17 April (some reports are of earlier obs).

20mm of rain has freshened things up, though not a drop of that ran off the
ground! Coincidentally with it have come the first frosts, so it's still not
a great time to be a bird around here!

BARKING OWL     about a week ago.. Shepherds Lookout, on western edge of
suburbs [a very rare ACT record indeed]

ROSE ROBIN      11/4 male in inner city Reid; a passage migrant

SPINE-TAILED SWIFTS     9/4 also over Reid [this is punishment for me for
predicting that we'd seen the last of them about a month ago!]

YELLOW-FACED & WHITE-NAPED HONEYEATERS  still thousands moving through;
species ratio now about 50:50, which is typical of later in the migration

REGENT HONEYEATER        a second bird colour-banded at the nest in suburban
Canberra in late 1995 has now been sighted in the north Capertee Valley (on
the western edge of the northern 'Blue Mountains' system, about 300k NE of here)

Hotline number: 02 6247 5530
COG web site:
Ian Fraser, Canberra  
Environment Tours; Vertego Environmental Writing Consultancy
ph: 02 62491560 fax: 02 62473227

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