Birdline ACT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline ACT Weekly Update
Date: 9 Jan 2012 01:30:39 +1000

Birdline ACT

Published sightings for the week ending 8 Jan 2012.

Sun 8 Jan Brush Cuckoo; Azure Kingfisher Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Two Brush Cuckoos seen & heard calling in the 'Eucalypt Forest'. Azure Kingfisher seen again today in Sanctuary
Scott Ryan

Buff-banded Rail Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
A adult Buff-banded Rail well out in open, jumping with raised wings and running around, apparently catching flies. On two occasions, it ran and flew towards Black-fronted Dotterel to chase them away. Another rail was over the other side of the road on the pond near the car auction yard.
Frank Antram

White-fronted Chat Stromlo Forest Park
White-fronted Chat (4) 2 pairs of male and female
Alastair Smith

Sat 7 Jan Azure Kingfisher Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
A single bird was observed flying across water near boardwalk in the Sanctuary enclosure at 1330. It was heard calling a few minutes later but not observed again.
Scott Ryan

White-bellied Sea-Eagle Belconnen Station
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1) Adult
Alastair Smith

Fri 6 Jan Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
Two Baillon's Crake & a single Australian Spotted Crake observed late this afternoon foraging in reed beds
Scott Ryan

Plumed Whistling-Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Intermediate Egret Kelly's Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetland, Fyshwick
Plumed Whistling-Duck 32, 2 Pink-eared Duck and 2 Intermediate Egret.
Alastair Smith

Plumed Whistling-Duck, Whistling Kite, Baillon's Crake Kellys Swamp
32 Plumed Whistling-Ducks at the southern end of the swamp. Also a rather tatty Whistling Kite heading for Lake Burley Griffin, first I have seen here for a long time, and a Baillon's Crake.
Steve Holliday

Thu 5 Jan Superb Parrot Callum Brae nature reserve, South Canberra
One adult male
Geoffrey Dabb

Spotless Crake Kelly's Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetland, Fyshwick
Spotless Crake (1) Heard in crake alley
Alastair Smith

Wed 4 Jan Australian Pelican Megalong Crescent Pond, Harrison
A single bird was present on the pond near the intersection of Mapleton Avenue and Megalong Crescent, Harrison at 18:30.
PJ Milburn

Musk Duck Yerrabi Pond, Gungahlin
A male and female Musk Duck were observed together about half way along the northern side of Yerrabi Pond at 18:00. At the same time, another male Musk Duck was present in the southwest corner.
PJ Milburn

Rainbow Lorikeet University of Canberra
2 Rainbow Lorikeets were observed flying over the University of Canberra from College Street at 16:35.
PJ Milburn

White-throated Needletail Holt
15:45 hours today from our front porch in Holt we glimpsed about 12 White-throated Needletails flashing across a patch of blue in a plumbeous sky, some distance to the sou’ sou’ east. At the time it was overcast and sultry at home but no thunder or rain.
John K.Layton.

Bassian Thrush Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
One found dead-stuck in fence
Scott Ryan

Stubble Quail, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Brown-headed Honeyeater Tharwa Sandwash, Gigerline Nature Reserve
Three species recorded for the first time by me at Geigerline: Stubble Quail (heard), Shining Bronze-Cuckoo and Brown-headed Honeyeater
Alastair Smith

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Mt Tennent, Namadgi National Park
2 Chestnut-rumped Heathwren observed this morning.
Alastair Smith

Red-browed Finch, Leaden Flycatcher, White-throated Treecreeper Araba St Aranda
mixed feeding flock also included White-browed Scrub Wrens, Superb Fairy Wrens, Brown Thornbills and many Silvereyes.
Rick Kuhn

Tue 3 Jan White-throated Needletail Blundells Creek & Warks Road
Four birds observed circling over Warks Road around 9 am this morning
Scott Ryan

Mon 2 Jan Buff-banded Rail Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
Buff-banded Rail (5) An adult with 4 small black chicks
Frank Antram

Diamond Firetail, Stubble Quail West Belconnen Ponds and Surrounding Paddocks
A single Diamond Firetail seen along track to horsepaddocks. Numerous Stubble Quail heard calling and one spotted.
Scott Ryan

Barn Owl Bibaringa, Cotter Road, Stromlo
Barn Owl observed on a fence by the side of Uriarra Road at 0445.
Alastair Smith

Spotted Harrier, Brown Songlark Uriarra Road
Spotted Harrier (1) Immature and a Brown Songlark observed on the ester side of Uriarra Road.
Alastair Smith, Frank Antram, Ben Walmsley

Brush Cuckoo, Pilotbird, Cicadabird, Bassian Thrush Blundell's Creek and Warks Roads
Brush Cuckoo (3) 1 seen Pilotbird (2) heard Cicadabird (1) male Bassian Thrush (6)
Alastair Smith, Frank Antram

Sun 1 Jan Brown Songlark Mullangarri Nature Reserve
An immature male Brown Songlark was observed on the entrance gate to Mullangarri Nature Reserve alongside Gungahlin Drive at 14:15.
PJ Milburn

White-faced heron Callum Brae
Solitary bird in creek bed was accidently disturbed. It flew into dead tree beside creek.
Margaret Leggoe

Pied Cormorant Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant
Pied Cormorant (1) Flying over the Poo Ponds, heading towards the turf farms.
Brendan Sheean

Sat 31 Dec Pied Cormorant, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Spotless Crake Jerrabomberra wetlands
Seen from kayak - roosting at the entrance to Jerrabomberra Creek were a number of Darters, and Cormorants, including one Pied Cormorant, possibly two. A little further upstream I found the Sea Eagle, a juvenile, possibly second year from the Simpson & Day illustration. 2 Spotless Crakes.
Rod Mackay

Wed 28 Dec White-throated Needletails Kambah
I watched four White-throated Needletails over my house for about ten minutes at about 6 p.m. today.
Philip Veerman

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