Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update
Date: 25 Nov 2013 03:01:09 +1000

Birdline Australian Capital Territory

Published sightings for the week ending 24 Nov 2013.

Sat 23 Nov Emerald Dove Wangara Street, Aranda
Emerald Dove still present in a garden near the park in Wangara Street. Flew in at about 6am; waited nervously watching from a Chinese elm tree, calling very softly; then flew down to join rosellas and a Crested Pigeon that were feeding on seeds by the chicken coop; became quite aggressive towards the Crested Pigeon chasing it off several times with raised wings. Observed, photographed and videoed during a period of about 10 minutes before it left the yard.
Frank Antram, Sue Lashko

Sat 23 Nov Pied Butcherbird Uriarra Village 1' Cell
Pied Butcherbird (2) Two large boldly patterned black and white Butcherbirds. Not Magpies or Magpie-larks and not Grey Butcherbirds. Birds seen adjacent to Brindabella Rd west of Uriarra Village about 650 metres away from T junctiion with Uriarra Rd in a bushy area signposted 'Murrumbidgee Corridor' and marked as Uriarra STP on Google maps.
Kim and Geoff Larmour

Fri 22 Nov Black Honeyeater Higgins
Only one of the two Black Honeyeaters was still present at 1800 tonight. Bird identified as an immature.
Alastair Smith

Thu 21 Nov Little Buttonquail Uriarra Road
One flushed from western side of the road at the bushlark site. Small size, pinky-brown upperparts with contrasting darker primaries, white underparts with bright white flanks especially noticeable. Flew about 100 metres into adjacent paddock and then dropped to the ground. Compensation for dipping on bushlark!
Steve Holliday

Thu 21 Nov Little Friarbird Lake Tuggeranong Weir
Single bird first heard calling then seen in eucalypt by Lake Tuggeranong opposite 186 Reed Street building. Clear, distinct liquid call and obvious friarbird with missing bill node and clear blue patch to side of face. The bird was at one point being harassed by both wattlebirds and white-plumed honeyeaters but it gave as good as it got, chasing both off in the end.
Marnix Zwankhuizen

Tue 19 Nov Superb Parrot Aspinall St Watson
Superb Parrot calls heard for several days, today spotted male and female in various areas apparently attracted by wattle seeds of young trees under deep canopy. [Moderator's comment: most records of Superbs are from the Belconnen and Gungahlin areas, with only occasional records from other areas. This is the first record reported to Eremaea for Watson.]
Ted Simes

Budgerigar Mulligan's Flat Nature Reserve
Damien Farine and I disturbed a solitary roosting Budgerigar at 05:45 this morning, near the gas pipeline at Mulligan's Flat Nature Reserve. The bird flew in a southeasterly direction disappearing into NSW over Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve.
PJ Milburn

Mon 18 Nov Black Honeyeater O'Sullivan Street, Higgins
At around 5:30 pm till 6:40 pm I spotted a pair of Black Honeyeaters in an almond tree in my back yard. The male was very active while the female was sitting quietly on a branch. The female was spotted again the following evening at around 6:50 pm. I watched her for about 15 minutes until it got dark and began to rain.
Alison Milton

Sun 17 Nov Horsfield's Bushlark Uriarra Road
Horsfield's Bushlark (1) Observed twice calling in display flights close to the fence on the western side of the road. Stout, sparrow like lark with short heavy bill slightly downcurved, rufous-grey and heavily streaked above with white outer tail feathers. A first for me in the ACT.
Alex Blanden

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