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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.

December 2021
Sun 5Grey Goshawk
Strahan Road, Newstead, Tasmania 7250
A Grey Goshawk landed on my roof. Good view. Noted yellow talons, yellow upper beak with black main beak.
John Silberberg 5/12 #263308
Wed 1megamegaPink-eared Duck
Smithon Sewage Ponds
Single bird (possibly a pair but foliage obscuring view) amongst nine sp. duck.
Richard Ashby 1/12 #262295

November 2021
Sun 28White-bellied Sea Eagle
Sulphur Creek
Sea eagle flew into usual perch in trees behind Midway Beach. Second Sea eagle flew by with a Little Penguin in its talons but did not land.
Frank & Lennice Wilson 28/11 #261280
Mon 22highlightSwift Parrot
Penelope St, St Helens
Small group of 4 birds feeding in Blue Gums.
Heather Pike 22/11 #261246
Sun 21Blue-winged Parrot, Brush Bronzewing and Common Bronzewing
Turners Road Cradoc Tas
Five Blue-winged Parrots perched in dead radiata pine in open pasture. Also present were one Common Bronzewing feeding on ground under nearby row of radiata and two Brush Bronzewings disturbed from low branches of the same trees. Brush Bronzewings are resident in this location, Common not sighted previous to this spring. Interesting to see both species so close together.
Jonathan Cruickshank 22/11 #261248
Sat 20highlightStubble Quail
Elphinstone Rd. Cressy
3 Stubble Quail roused from longish pasture. eBird checklist
Bill Scott-Young 20/11 #261228
Tue 16Banded Lapwing
Mount William National Park - Forester Kangaroo Drive (North of Stumpys No. 1)
25 Banded Lapwing on open grassed area (along with Forester Kangaroos).
Rodger Willows 16/11 #261197
Mon 15White-throated Needletail
Mount William National Park - Forester Kangaroo Drive
Single bird at approx. 30 m, 1520 hrs. Cold/squally SW winds with occasional showers. Broken cloud/sunshine, 12 degrees C.
Rodger Willows 15/11 #261196
Wed 10megamegaStraw-necked Ibis
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Single bird sheltering from a brisk westerly with shelduck, Black Duck, Grey and Chestnut Teal.
Richard Ashby 10/11 #261180
Tue 9highlightCommon Sandpiper
Old Hospital Creek
Single bird teetering vigorously and with very distinctive white shoulder marking. Sp. seen here or nearby in appropriate season for last couple of years.
Richard Ashby 9/11 #261170
Sun 7highlightScared Kingfisher.
Private property Wynyard.
Seen by several observers, a Scared Kingfisher, on private property in Wynyard feeding around a dam .
Michael Hyland. 9/11 #261172
Fri 5Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Wattle Hill Drive, Wynyard
We think juvenile white morph. Was sighted at roadkill on road earlier in the week. Today came from under our deck, very flustered being swooped by angry swifts [swallows? - Moderator]. Flew to a few different spots then away into the trees. We have a mature specimen come through yearly. Private land. No access.
Lisa and Richard Walsh 5/11 #261142
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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