birding-aus ACT region Birdwatchers' Hotline highlights

Subject: birding-aus ACT region Birdwatchers' Hotline highlights
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 16:32:15 +1100 (EST)
Highlights from twice-weekly Canberra Ornithologists' Group (COG) hotline,
for period ending 30 November (some reports are of earlier obs).

You will probably have seen the separate posting on the Red Knot, the first
ever ACT record. It appeared to stay for only a day.

BUFF-BANDED RAILS       3/11 pair mating, suburban Jerrabomberra wetlands;
        again on 24/11 [different pair? unsuccessful first time? recreation???]

SPOTTED CRAKE   7/11 Jerrabomberra

RED KNOT        7/11 Jerrabomberra

YELLOW-TAILED BLACK-COCKIES     6/11 over inner suburban Chapman

KOEL    9/11 male in suburban Waramanga [1st for the year; regular
subsequent reports]

HOBBY TAKING STARLING IN MID-AIR        observed out of an office window,
which seems to be a not irregular event in Canberra...

GLOSSY BLACK-COCKIES    13/11 4 on inner suburban Mt Ainslie

BLACK KITE      13/11 suburban Fadden [most uncommon for ACT, let alone suburbs]

RUFOUS FANTAIL  11/11 inner suburban Ainslie [passage migrant, 1st record
for the year; this is the latest record of the past 9 years, except for 1993
when it wasn't recorded until January!]

WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOW        20/11 20+ over suburban Ngunawal [1st for
the season; they don't turn up every year]

BAR-SHOULDERED DOVES    28/11 heard calling Callum Brae woodlands, near
inner Canberra [if confirmed - and seems sound - would only be second record
for ACT]

SPINE-TAILED SWIFTS     26/11 50+ at Ulladulla [on coast just to north of
here; none in Canberra yet]

Hotline number: 02 6247 5530
COG web site:
Ian Fraser, Canberra  
Environment Tours; Vertego Environmental Writing Consultancy
GPO Box 3268, Canberra, ACT 2601
ph: 02 6249 1560  fax: 02 6247 3227

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