How to Report

COG collects bird observations for its Annual Bird Report and Birdlife Australia’s ongoing Atlas, both electronically and on paper, from the COG Area of Interest (COGAoI). This area encompasses Yass and Burrinjuck Dam in the north-west, to the centre of Goulburn in the north-east, Adaminaby in the south-west, and Lake Bathurst, and Majors Creek in the east. (see map). COG also collects observations via the Garden Bird Survey.

Your reports of birds helps COG to detect changes in species and abundance resulting from factors such as habitat and climate change and be able to provide up-to-date information to government and others.


Bird observations can be entered by any of the following means:

  1. Incidental Record Electronic Form – the easiest way to enter  a single observation of special interest –  what COG calls ‘Incidental Observations’ – directly to COG’s database.  Anyone can enter using this means without pre-registration.  Please do not use this for routine observations, it is intended for significant or unusual sightings.
  2. COG’s Online data entry
    COG’s Online data entry is no longer in use, please use either paper forms, eBird or Birdata.
  3. Birdata – Birdlife Australia’s Atlas database.  Birdata observations from the ACT region are forwarded to COG at regular intervals so will eventually be included in COG’s records. New users will need to register first with birdata.
  4. eBird Australia – COG downloads unit record data of bird observations in its Area of Concern from eBird Australia (formerly known as Eremaea eBird).  By this means ACT region lists submitted to eBird are included in COG’s records and compose a large proportion of the records used to prepare COG’s Annual Bird Report.  New users will need to create an account with eBird.
  5. Paper forms are available from the COG website (COG Observation Report, COG Incidental Record), at COG meetings, or from the COG Secretary ( When you have completed your paper forms, drop them in the red box at COG meetings, or mail to COG Records Officer, PO Box 301, Civic Square ACT 2608


Avoiding Duplication

As mentioned above entries are swapped between organisations, in both directions.  For this reason please do not submit the same observations to more than one of the above.

Note that another system ‘Eremaea Birdline’ is separate from eBird Australia (formerly Eremaea eBird) and is used for interesting and unusual incidental sightings, not complete lists. Birdline data is also shared with the other databases so  please do not re-enter Birdline reports into Birdata or COG’s systems.


Using other systems

If you use some other website or a personal system to record your observations, and want to submit these electronically to COG, please contact the COG Database Manager at


COG Chatline

Observations reported to the COG ‘Chatline’ (COG’s discussion email list) are NOT automatically transferred to the COG database, so even if you have posted an interesting observation on the chatline, please ALSO submit it to the database using any of the above methods.



If a data checker has any queries about your observations, you may be phoned or sent an email, asking for clarification. Please assist us by responding.