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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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

August 2021
Thu 5Striated Pardalote
Inglis River Walking Track (Wynyard)
Also Fan-tailed Cuckoo - two very keen harbingers of Spring.
Richard Ashby 5/8 #260533

July 2021
Sat 31Strong-billed Honeyeater
Black River Campground
8 of a flock of approx 20 Strong-billed Honeyeaters seen bathing in, and drinking from, an about 10 m high eucalypt hollow! A single Crescent Honeyeater later briefly visited the same hollow.
Jenny Ostenfeld 1/8 #260513
Fri 30highlightSwift Parrot
Maria Island National Park
First alerted by calls, then three flew over, heading south. Surrounded by E. globulus woodland. No photographs unfortunately as they were living up to their name as Swift Parrots but no doubt regarding identification. I first assumed them to be early arrivals but now I believe they may have overwintered. Observed with Sally Bryant. eBird checklist
Murray Kelman, Sally Bryant 3/8 #260528
Tue 27Corella sp.
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Bird heard but not seen. Furthest west for me for either sp. so far.
Richard Ashby 27/7 #260492
Wed 21Common Greenshank
Duck River
2 greenshank high tide roosting on the west river edge. 2 Fairy Tern also seen feeding on the river and 7 Black-fronted Dotterel feeding on west riverside.
Jenny Ostenfeld 21/7 #260473
Sat 17Royal Spoonbill
Duck River
2 Royal Spoonbill feeding at river edge. 2 Royal Spoonbill last seen at the river edge in September 2019, with occasional sightings of a single bird since.
Jenny Ostenfeld 17/7 #260457
Wed 14Wedge-tailed Eagle
Ocean Vista
A group of 5 Wedge-tailed Eagles displaying and calling. There was a group of 3 and another pair which would come together for a time and then move away again and then repeat. They were using the updraft caused by the steep hill to aid their performance.
Stephen Mott 14/7 #260451
Tue 13megamegaEastern Yellow Wagtail
Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve--Flacks Rd
A single bird feeding on marshland and flying overhead between wet areas south of stile near the car park at end of Flacks Rd. Still present and observed by others later that day and the following morning.
Els Wakefield & Shannon McDougall 18/7 #260459
Sun 11Blue-winged Parrot
Natone Rd - 2.5 km south of Stowport
Large flock of 52 Blue-winged Parrots roosting on the powerlines. eBird checklist
Margot Oorebeek and Ray Turnbull 11/7 #260444
Sat 10Bar-tailed Godwit
Kingston Pt, Perkins Is.
23 overwintering birds with mixed flock of prob 500 Double-banded, Red-capped and Hooded Plover, Red-necked Stint, Ruddy Turnstone, Pied and Sooty Oystercatcher.
Richard Ashby 10/7 #260440
megamegaStraw-necked Ibis
Kingston Pt, Perkins Island
Single bird with Pacific Gulls and Sooty Oystercatchers.
Richard Ashby 10/7 #260439
Wed 7highlightLewin's Rail
Shorewell Creek - Burnie
One bird observed feeding approximately 300m from Three Mile Line Rd at the widest part of the creek. eBird checklist
Margot Oorebeek and Ray Turnbull 7/7 #260425
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Tinderbox Nature Reserve
Flew in from the SW, perched for a few seconds then moved on into the reserve. eBird checklist
Russell Twining 7/7 #260424
Tue 6Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Notley Gorge Rd., Bridgenorth
Bird at roadside feeding on remains of a pademelon roadkill (which was removed). Interestingly, it was almost dark.
Geoff Bromfield 7/7 #260419
Near the Big Tree, Liffey Falls
Single bird with Tasmanian Scrubwrens (pm).
Geoff Bromfield 7/7 #260418
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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