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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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November 2018
Thu 15Ruddy Turnstone and Banded Lapwing
Moorland Point, Devonport
86 Ruddy Turnstone hanging out on the rocks on the point. Good to see some still about, even with the heavy usage the area gets. Two adults and one juvenile Banded Lapwing in the paddock beside Moorland Road.
John and Shirley Tongue 15/11 #236122
Sat 10Latham's Snipe
Rotaract Park, Smithton
66 birds flushed for national census.
Richard Ashby, Jenny Ostenfeld 13/11 #236109
Fri 9highlightGrey Goshawk (white morph)
Western side of Blyth River, Heybridge
Frank Wilson 9/11 #236062
Mon 5highlightCommon Sandpiper
Single bird foraging on rocky foreshore adjacent to the Port Cygnet Sailing Club. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 5/11 #236039
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Near Elphinstone Rd. Cressy
Today, while I was driving a tractor, discing a paddock a four week old lamb separated from its mother and squeezed under a gate. Shortly afterwards an eagle flew past me being harassed by crows, he was flying low and fast towards the lamb. The lamb avoided the first strike by going back under the gate, the eagle tried 3 more times and each time the lamb darted sideways and escaped until it reached its mother then the eagle desisted. I would prefer Wedge-tails didn't eat my lambs.
Bill Scott-Young 5/11 #236036
Bar-tailed Godwit
Picnic Point Beach (Ulverstone)
3 Bar-tailed Godwits feeding on the half tide beach. First seen at same site on 2/11/18.
Alison Parks, Hazel Britton 5/11 #236029
Australian Reed Warbler
Near Elphinstone Rd, Cressy
It seems these birds like cumbungi filled waterholes on farms.
Bill Scott-Young 5/11 #236026
Latham’s Snipe
Rotoract Park, Smithton
40+ birds on the wing (put to flight by dog walker). High tide, thus appeared to struggle to find preferred habitat to land in.
Rodger Willows 5/11 #236021
Sun 4megamegaGrey Wagtail
Waterworks Reserve (Dynnyrne/Ridgeway)
Bird located in ditch beside lower reservoir after a search of nearly 2 hours. Subsequently observed by several birders on the bank of the lower reservoir. The bird had disappeared for several hours after being seen well by many earlier in the day. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 5/11 #236038
Sat 3megamegaOlive-backed Oriole (2)
Douglas Apsley National Park
Two birds, one sitting in recently completed nest (empty nest pictured). eBird checklist
Paul Brooks, Rachel Nimmo and Nell Brooks 5/11 #236037
Fri 2megamegaGrey Wagtail
Waterworks Reserve (Dynnyrne/Ridgeway)
I observed one bird for a brief time and took a couple of photos from a long distance. ( not good photos , but ok for identification) I lived in Darwin for two years and an familiar with this bird. [Moderator's Edit - it's been suggested it's a Grey Wagtail. Awaiting further confirmation]. Since been confirmed as Grey Wagtail.
David Morrison 3/11 #235983
Australian Reed Warbler
Flowerdale nr Wynyard
Bird calling loudly. Heard at this site Dec 2017/Jan 2018. Sightings very rare in western half of Tas.
Richard Ashby 2/11 #235971

October 2018
Wed 31megamegaOlive-backed Oriole
Strip Rd, Little Swanport
Two birds calling incessantly. Birds observed but not photographed.
John Gibson 2/11 #235978
Mon 29Bar-tailed Godwits
Geographical coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84) Latitude : -41.117 Longitude : 146.800 A small group of six birds.
Jacqueline Gardner 1/11 #235960
Fri 26megamegaOlive-backed Oriole (2)
Douglas-Apsley National Park--Apsley Waterhole Track
Two adults birds seen and heard well, one actively nest-building. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski, Ruth Brozek 3/11 #235980
highlightSwift Parrot
Kelcey Tier Nature Reserve
At least a dozen birds moving through the canopy, feeding and looking at nest hollows.
Shane Pinner 26/10 #235882
Satin Flycatcher
Alison Track, Kelcey Tier, Devonport
A pair of birds near the car park.
Shane Pinner 26/10 #235881
Thu 25megamegaOlive-backed Oriole
Douglas Apsley National Park
At the waterhole parking lot. Sitting in eucalyptus and singing consistently. Olive green back, pink-red bill, red eye. Heavy streaks on white breast. Photos and video taken, but not downloaded from the phone yet.
Heidi Krajewsky 25/10 #235875
Tue 23Royal Spoonbill
Marion Bay
One feeding in old racetrack area near causeway. Sighted 9.30 am today & still there 1.45 pm. eBird checklist
Joan Ward 23/10 #235861
Sun 21Australian Gannet
Tatlows Beach, Stanley
Freshly-dead b/w bird. Bullet hole in breast.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton, Sue Dawe. 22/10 #235842
White-faced Storm Petrel
Stanley Wharf
Single bird killed by collision with chain-link fence. Similar occurrence some months ago. Three Short-tailed Shearwaters from previous season.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 22/10 #235841
Thu 18megamegaWhite-winged Tern
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Again single bird (see 29 Sep). Also single Pink-eared Duck and 26 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 22/10 #235840
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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