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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 2020
Tue 20Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel was hovering above Godfreys Beach in Stanley mid-afternoon, it then flew inland over the treatment plant.
Anne Collins 20/10 #258960
Sun 18Masked Lapwing
130E Main Street Sheffield Tasmania
White Masked Lapwing. I don't think it was albino because trailing edge of wing was black when it spread its wings in display. Sorry for picture quality - only had my phone camera available.
Paul Robinson 18/10 #258940
Fri 16Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Sandy Bay, near University
Heard a call over the past few days that I didn't recognise but thought it might be a cuckoo. Went to and found the call was a Shining Bronze Cuckoo - the repetitive piping call. We've occasionally had other cuckoos here in the past but this is a first for us in nine years here.
Ian Lundy 16/10 #258933
Wed 14Bar-tailed Godwit
White Beach
Mark Dodson 14/10 #258924
Tue 13highlightSwift Parrot
White Beach
Mark Dodson 14/10 #258923
Mon 12Blue-billed Duck
Dam by Bass H'way approx 30km S of Devonport
Two male and one female Blue-billed Ducks on irrigation dam beside Highway, opposite pine plantation, approx 30km south of Devonport.
John Tongue 12/10 #258915
Fri 9Bar-tailed Godwit
Narawntapu National Park
Over 40, some red colour still showing. Sighted from Port Sorell.
Jill Colgrave 10/10 #258893
Wed 7highlightPink-eared Duck
Queechy Lake
2 ducks first seen on 5th, clearly seen on water 6th and 7th.
Tina McGlynn 7/10 #258876
Tue 6highlightSwift Parrot
A large flock of Swift Parrots feeding and even seen mating in blue gums on council land behind Cooee.
Stephen Mott 6/10 #258865
Mon 5Wedge-tailed Eagle
Near Saundridge Road, Cressy
Checking sheep today I noticed an eagle flying low and fast as if going for a kill, what it attacked on the ground was another eagle that seemed to be dragging a wing. the first bird landed in a nearby tree whilst the other scurried under a hawthorn bush. Thinking it had a broken wing I went to investigate, it then flew off and was immediately attacked and brought to the ground by the first bird. The one being attacked was light coloured with a pale head the other was dark. My assumption is one was a juvenile that flew into the nesting territory of a more mature bird.
Bill Scott-Young 5/10 #258854
Sun 4Bar-tailed Godwit
Binalong Bay
7 birds in late afternoon.
Sheryl Bastin 11/10 #258900
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Gutteridge Gardens boatramp, Wynyard
Prob same bird as here last year, solitary, very distinctive nervous teetering, white wedge at shoulder, etc. Note, sp. also at Fishpond in Ulverstone last six years, in warmer months.
Richard Ashby 4/10 #258845
Sat 3highlightSwift Parrot
26 Epsom Rd, Penguin
More than 20 Swift Parrots feeding in the white gum in our garden.
Ian Jury 3/10 #258838
Thu 1highlightCurlew Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
Wader season is well and truly back at Orielton now; besides swarms of stints and godwits, fantastic Red-caps and four gorgeous Pacific Golden Plovers, I was ecstatic to spot a much larger bird looming over the stints that I knew had to be a Sharp-tail or a Curlew Sand... and indeed a Curlew Sand it was!! Not only that, but it wasn't alone; there were two, the absolute highest of a great day out!! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 1/10 #258818

September 2020
Mon 28Grey Goshawk
Franklin, Huon Valley
White morph.
Tim Blumfield 28/9 #258788
Sun 27Superb Lyrebird
South Coast Track
South Coast Track in coastal scrub close to south cape bay. A joyous medley of sound lighting up a squally damp day. Saw one bird and heard another nearby.
Stephen Norris 2/10 #258821
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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