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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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March 2017
Tue 21highlightFreckled Duck
Old Mac's Farm and Fishery (Norwood - restricted access)
Three Freckled Ducks swimming together in the pond in front of Stonesthrow Cafe, Norwood. eBird checklist
Charlie Price and Helen Cunningham 21/3 #230442
highlightPink-eared Duck
Queechy Lake
One Pink-eared Duck, located with a group of Eurasian Coots. eBird checklist
Charlie Price and Helen Cunningham 21/3 #230441
Sat 18Kelp Gull
SW Coast south of Cape Sorell
Single birds seen at Gorge Point and near Albina Rock. Pacific Gull numbers similarly thin but buckets of Silver Gulls, Forest Ravens and White-faced Herons.
Richard Ashby 21/3 #230438
Fri 17Ground Parrot
Liberty Ck, Macquarie Harbour to Gorge Pt, SW Coast
Pair and singles flushed on five occasions during crossing of peninsula. Ideal habitat for species.
Richard Ashby 21/3 #230437
megamegaBlack-tailed Godwit (1)
Orielton Lagoon
One Black-tailed Godwit still with with 57 Bar-tailed Godwit at Midway Point end of causeway. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 18/3 #230415
highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Two ducks, one male and one female st 15:43 today on a clump of vegetation in the south west end of the lagoon.
Els Wakefield 17/3 #230403
Thu 16highlightWhite-necked Heron
Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve--Flacks Rd
Single bird flying in an easterly direction.
Liz Znidersic and Nat Walter 19/3 #230422
Brown Goshawk, Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Punchbowl, Launceston, Tasmania
One young Brown Goshawk in my garden, landed on the rabbit hutch I keep quail in. Two white morph Grey Goshawk during my walk in Punchbowl Reserve. Identification made with aid from book by Neville Cayley: What Bird is That?
Paula Dos Santos 18/3 #230411
Grey-tailed Tattler
Picnic Point, Ulverstone
A single Grey-tailed Tattler hanging out with a single Ruddy Turnstone around the rocks at the point.
John and Shirley Tongue 16/3 #230391
Blue-billed Duck
Farm Dam, South Riana
At least two adult male Blue-billed Ducks, and then in another part of the dam, a female with 7 ducklings.
John and Shirley Tongue 16/3 #230390
Wed 15White-throated Needletail
Snug Falls carpark
About 20 birds flying low over the nearby trees and road at 11:15am.
Alan and Wendy Pilkington and Els Wakefield 15/3 #230380
Sun 12Grey Goshawk
Blackmans Bay
Landed in my garden for a few minutes before heading towards beach.
David Boehme 12/3 #230340
Sat 11highlightCape Barren Goose
Hadspen - dam by Bass Highway
72 Cape Barren Geese at the 'regular' dam, where usually just a couple hang out. Also, 97 Maned Duck, and quite a few feral geese and Tasmanian Native Hens..
Shirley Tongue 12/3 #230337
Mon 6highlightAzure Kingfisher
Verona Sands
An injured bird from Verona Sands in care with Robyn Gates and feeding well so may survive.
Els Wakefield and Robyn Gates 6/3 #230287
Sun 5highlightAustralasian Gannet (breeding)
The Hippolyte, Tasman Peninsula
Following on from Paul Brooks's report of four chicks on Feb 18, seven or possibly eight chicks were visible on the rock yesterday. Important as the Hippolytes have not been a known breeding site for the species.
Karen Dick 6/3 #230284
Wed 1Grey Goshawk (white morph)
West Moonah, Tasmania
Sat in the yard for sometime, seemingly stalking a wattlebird. Flew SE.
Sally Eastwood 1/3 #230238

February 2017
Mon 27Blue-billed Duck
Lake Crescent
One and possibly two females with 5 half grown ducklings near the boat ramp. First reported by Terry Byard of Inland Fisheries and confirmed by Stewart Blackhall and Robbie Gaffney during a waterbird survey of the area.
Stewart Blackhall 28/2 #230233
Sat 25highlightSpotless Crake (4)
Blue Lagoon (Dodges Ferry)
Two adults and two chicks on edge of lagoon. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 25/2 #230208
Cattle Egret
Bens Hill Road, Robbins Passage
Single very keen migrant still in breeding colours. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 25/2 #230200
Fri 24Nankeen Kestrel (3)
South road near intersection with Great Lake Rd near Pearshape, King Island
Three kestrels perched in separate dead trees adjacent to road. The only sighting for this species during a 3 day birding visit to King Island. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 25/2 #230202
highlightAustralasian Bittern, Blue-winged Parrot
Lavinia State Reserve--Sea Elephant Estuary
Approximately one kilometre south of the car park we flushed both species from the same area of roadside heath. The bwp was flushed again on the return drive. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 25/2 #230201
Thu 23Painted Buttonquail
Pegarah State Forest, King Island
Single bird flushed from main track mid afternoon. Not sure if this is the first sighting for the island [Painted Buttonquail is a breeding resident - moderator] but we were very glad to manage some photos. When we returned an hour later the bird was seen again. eBird checklist
Hedley and Irena Earl 25/2 #230199
Brown Falcon
Blackmans Bay
On our verandah. Not seen before. Chased sparrows from hedge.
Louise Wilson 23/2 #230178
Wed 22White-throated Needletail (10)
Dianas Basin
A flock of ten birds observed flying south over the Dianas Basin campsite at approximately 10:10 am, in bright clear sunlight with not a hint of an approaching storm front. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan, Els Wakefield 23/2 #230179
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