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Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline Tasmania

Birdline Tasmania is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Tasmania is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by James Melville, John Tongue and Paul Brooks.

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Moderators' Note

Birdline Tasmania will not publish any reports deemed to be in contravention of the current restrictions on unnecessary travel and reserve closures due to COVID-19. The moderators encourage everyone to limit non-essential travel - including birding. While restrictions are in place, the criteria for publication of Birdline reports will be relaxed so sightings of interesting or unusual birds for your back yard will be acceptable. Please bird at home!

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October 2021
Sun 24Satin Flycatcher
Notley Gorge rd., Bridgenorth
2 birds heard calling and one singing.(Also 1 seen briefly) Late p.m. Early birds.
Geoff Bromfield 25/10 #261079
Sat 16Australian Reed Warbler
Tailrace Park
2 birds heard singing in the little pond area (p.m.). eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 16/10 #261022
Fri 15Green and Eastern Rosella
Kate Reed Reserve, Launceston
An obviously paired 'couple' of Eastern and Green Rosella observed interacting closely for around half an hour. Hybrid individuals have been reported from here occasionally, so these are possibly the parents. eBird checklist
John and Shirley Tongue 15/10 #261014
Wed 13Little Black Cormorant
St Helens Sewage Ponds
140 birds, possibly more below concrete parapet. Good flock for me. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton, Peter Atkinson, Jim Hunter 15/10 #261012
Banded Lapwing (3)
Adjacent to Lake Highway South of Shannon Lagoon
eBird checklist
Simon Gates 13/10 #260993
Tue 12Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
Big Waterhouse Lagoon hinterland
Excellent views of singing bird. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton, Peter Atkinson, Jim Hunter 15/10 #261011
Nankeen Kestrel
Big Waterhouse Lagoon hinterland
Hovering bird seen beautifully by four of us. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton, Peter Atkinson, Jim Hunter 15/10 #261010
Mon 11highlightSwift Parrot
Large numbers of Swift Parrots active in and around profusely flowering blue gum. eBird checklist
Paul Rapley 14/10 #261000
Sat 9Grey Goshawk
Sandy Bay, adjacent Uni
Sitting in the kitchen this morning I noticed a Kelp Gull flying back and forth above the front garden acting as though there was a problem. I snuck out the back door and saw a Yellow Wattlebird and Grey Butcherbird sitting high up in a tree also looking at something in the front yard. Wandered around to the front of the house but couldn't see any raptors in the treetops or on the power lines. Then I noticed a grey goshawk in a bush quite low to the ground. It flew off when it saw me and was carrying what looked like a blackbird. Went back inside and spotted it from our kitchen window, sitting in the almond tree plucking then eating the dead bird. All we could find afterwards was a lot of feathers and a foot. eBird checklist
Ian Lundy 9/10 #260945
Fri 8Masked Owl
Saundridge Rd, near Poatina
Road kill, head missing.
Bill Scott-Young 8/10 #260934
highlightLewin's Rail
Duck River saltmarsh
Briefly seen stepping out from sea rushes near 1 Latham's Snipe and 2 Pacific Black Duck. Clear view by scope at 08.30 from my home, but would be seen from boardwalk. Third brief Lewin's Rail sighting in this area over the last 2 weeks. eBird checklist
Jenny Ostenfeld 8/10 #260932
Tue 5Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Sandy Bay, adjacent to Uni
Two adults looking for bugs under the bark of acacia trees in our suburban garden to feed a juvenile that was begging to be fed. We also observed this behaviour last year and assume it was the same pair of adult birds. eBird checklist
Ian Lundy 6/10 #260922
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Zig Zag Track in Trevallyn Reserve, Launceston
Heard a melodic and clear trilling call before spotting it high in a tree. Rufous breast, grey head and white flecks in tail. eBird checklist
Stephen Norris 5/10 #260921
Morepork (edited)
I spotted the owl at around 9.30am today sitting in our carport. It is not injured or anything, just sitting out of the rain! I think it is a Boobook owl. [Edited - Morepork, the Tasmanian taxon]. eBird checklist
Catherine Williams 5/10 #260917
Sun 3highlightSwift Parrot
Taroona Park
One Swift Parrot feeding on flowering Blue Gum 3:58pm AEST. eBird checklist
Tess McNeill 5/10 #260916
White-bellied Sea Eagle
West Head, Green's Beach
Single bird flew overhead 4 times and was watched for at least 5 minutes when it did not flap its wings at all (early p.m.). eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 3/10 #260908

September 2021
Thu 30Wedge-tailed Eagle
Loop Rd., Glengarry
Single bird gliding above (late p.m.). eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 1/10 #260891
Wed 29megamegaPink-eared Duck
Queechy Lake
Two ducks with ducklings seen at Queechy Lake, following up a report from last week. Not great views of the ducks as they were mostly in the vegetation at the end of the island, but we only saw 4 ducklings rather than 6 reported last week. eBird checklist
Ian Lundy 29/9 #260885
Tue 28highlightOrange-bellied Parrot
Strahan Airfield
Got a really good look. Definitely OBP and not the grass parrots that I often see. 10:40 am. I wonder if it was headed for Birchs Inlet or Melaleuca from Strahan? eBird checklist
Greta Edwards 29/9 #260887
Mon 27highlightMasked Owl
Inglis River Walking Track (Wynyard)
Roosting in tree hole beside Inglis River eBird checklist
Alastair Richardson 27/9 #260870
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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