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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 2022
Fri 12Latham's Snipe
Duck River Boardwalk (Smithton)
First sighting for this migratory season (9 days earlier than 1st sighting in August 2021)
Jenny Ostenfeld 12/8 #267205
Tue 9highlightCommon Sandpiper
Camp Creek, Wynyard
Single bird, teetering madly, a regular summer visitor here these last three years but ridiculously early!
Richard Ashby 9/8 #267201
megamegaPink-eared Duck
Queechy Lake
6 very visible on the water.
Tina McGlynn 9/8 #267200

July 2022
Sat 23Brown Goshawk
View Road Reserve (Burnie)
While walking through the park I saw a Brown Goshawk perched above me in a tree. After a few seconds it slipped out of the tree and swooped down towards a Masked Lapwing which was on the ground. The lapwing took off and began evasive action as the goshawk closed in on it. After closing to within centimetres of the lapwing, the goshawk seemed to break off the attack. I have never seen a goshawk go for anything that big...the lapwing was bigger than the goshawk. Not sure if it was a genuine attempt or just a bit of practice!
Michael Parsons 23/7 #267167
Wed 20Wedge-tailed Eagle
Old Beach/Otago Bay
4 Wedgies soaring in a thermal above hills between Otago Bay and Old Beach, early afternoon.
Suzanne Hedgecott 20/7 #267161
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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