Birdline ACT Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline ACT Weekly Update
Date: 26 Nov 2012 01:30:32 +1000

Birdline ACT

Published sightings for the week ending 25 Nov 2012.

Sun 25 Nov Pink-eared Duck, Whistling Kite, Latham's Snipe Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Gungahlin
Whistling Kite (1) At the big dam which now contains a lot of water since the wall was rebuilt. Good numbers of duck - mainly Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck and Hardhead, but including 2 Pink-eared Duck, the first I've ever seen at this locality. 9 Latham's Snipe, all flushed from a 20 metre stretch of the muddy shore of the big dam.
Frank Antram

Sun 25 Nov Hardhead, Brown Quail Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, Gungahlin, ACT
Hardhead (2). Brown Quail (1) calling, my first records for Gooroo for these species
Steve Holliday

Wed 21 Nov Australian Little Bittern Kelly Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands
At 7.30pm, we had good views of the female little bittern from the Ardea hide. The bird was standing at the edge of the Typha near Bittern hide and was gone after 2-3 minutes.
Vivien Rolland, Daniel Stanton, Gosia Pilat

Freckled Duck Kelly Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands
19 birds, resting at western margin. Other ducks in descending order of numbers present were Grey Teal, Black Duck, Hardhead, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared, Shoveler
Geoffrey Dabb

Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Baillons Crake Kellys Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands
All 3 crake species seen in the same spot in front of Bittern Hide within 30 seconds of each other.
Michael Maconachie

Tue 20 Nov Australian Koel Sharwood Cres Evatt
This single male bird has been here since 16 November feasting on two mulberry bushes.
David Pritchard-Gordon

Swamp Harrier Yankee Hat carpark
Two birds calling while flying over open ground. One Diamond Firetail foraging on the ground.
Margaret Robertson

Australian Little Bittern Jerrabomberra Wetlands
seen feeding left of the Bittern hide where the reeds have been cleared
Roger Williams

Mon 19 Nov White-fronted Chat Coombs
1 seen near John Gorton Drive in the waterway that flows into Coombs pond and the diversion channel, but up to 4 birds have been seen in this area (which is still under development) for at least the last 3 months.
Stewart Deans

Spotted Harrier, Spotted Dove Kellys Swamp & Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fyshwick
Spotted Harrier (1) Over the paddocks, quite a pale bird, possibly immature. Spotted Dove (1) near Jerrabomberra Creek bridge, first I have seen here. 150+ Welcome Swallows at Kellys Swamp. [Moderator's comment: The Spotted Dove is a lowlight, rather than a highlight, but a noteworthy observation nevertheless!]
Steve Holliday

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