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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.

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December 2018
Fri 14highlightSwift Parrot
Sisters Beach
Single bird heard on farmland. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 14/12 #236340
Thu 13Ruddy Turnstone
Marion Bay
Two turnstone with about 20 Red-necked Stint on the beach between creek and spit. eBird checklist
Ruth Brozek 14/12 #236341
Fri 7highlightSwift Parrot
Lake Chisholm, far NW
Handful of birds in canopy of magnificent euc old growth surrounding flooded karst sinkhole. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 7/12 #236295
Wed 5highlightRoyal Spoonbill
Swansea--Saltwater Creek
Spoonbill seen in this creek previously (southern end of town). eBird checklist
Frank Wilson 5/12 #236280
Sun 2Wedge-tailed Eagle
Jennyfield, Bridgenorth
2 birds high over property in the afternoon. One bird was being persistently mobbed by a Brown Falcon. eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 3/12 #236269
highlightPink-eared Duck
Penna Settling Ponds (restricted access)
2 Pink-eared Ducks seen feeding accross the closest dam to Penna Road. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton 2/12 #236260
Sat 1megamegaFairy Martin
Safety Cove State Reserve area on private property
We spotted a reasonable group of Fairy Martins - they have built nests and were busy getting mud from puddles in the lane way for more nest construction. We kept well clear of this activity so photo quality is poor but we got photos of the nests, birds in flight and birds resting on fences including a juvenile. I have reported this on 2 dates in eBird with photos. we have estimated the number of Fairy Martins there to be somewhere between 20 and 50 birds. There were also many Tree Martins and Welcome Swallows there all flying about. The sighting is on private property and not accessible for general public. eBird checklist
Jacqueline Gardner 2/12 #236258

November 2018
Fri 30megamegaFairy Martin
Safety Cove State Reserve- area- on private property
Spotted Fairy Martins and nests on a private property near Safety Cove State Reserve. There was much activity and a juvenile bird was spotted too. Photos of the juvenile and the nest are shown on the eBird record. There is some evidence that the birds may have nested there in previous years as there are some possible old nest sites. eBird checklist
Jacqueline Gardner 2/12 #236259
Tue 27highlightSwift Parrot
Strahan Village
Up to 10 birds yahooing in blossoming Blue Gum and adjacent Eucalypts. No holes seen but line of sight obstructed. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 30/11 #236248
megamegaBroad-billed Prion
East of St Helens Point.
Two birds, possibly 5, seen approximately 9 M east of St Helens Point. eBird checklist Further information
Ian May 30/11 #236244
Mon 26highlightSwift Parrot
Oakley Park, South Burnie
Swift Parrots observed feeding on seeds of large cottonseed tree.
Stephen Mott 26/11 #236222
Sun 25Fairy Prion
Big Roaring Beach (Surveyors Bay)
A beachwashed Fairy Prion found on beach after fairly wild weather.
Cath de Little 29/11 #236240
megamegaPectoral Sandpiper
Anniversary Bay, Rocky Cape National Park
Single bird, very busy at water's edge (high tide) and in wrack. Sp. preferred habitat is freshwater and id not 100% secure but only other satisfactory match to well-seen bird is Cox's Sandpiper, very unlikely. Bill of latter a little too long. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 25/11 #236213
Thu 22Peregrine Falcon
Rocky Cape National Park
Four chicks about to fledge. Can be seen from platform at north cave. Parent birds don't like people being there. eBird checklist
Michael Hyland 24/11 #236206
Wedge-tailed Eagle
St Leonards Road
Three Wedge-tailed Eagles perched together in a tree. eBird checklist
Pamela Hoban 22/11 #236189
Mon 19megamegaOlive-backed Oriole
Douglas Apsley National Park--Apsley Waterhole
We watched two birds taking turns on the nest. After a while an Olive-backed Oriole flew in to attack the bird on the nest. The two birds fought viciously while another Oriole called loudly nearby. All observers confirmed there were three birds at the site. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield, Heidi Krajewsky, Ruth Brozek and Jo Colahan 21/11 #236183
Sun 18megamegaLittle Eagle
Cressy Road south of Poatina turnoff.
A dark morph Little Eagle was seen briefly but distinctly today 800 metres south of the Poatina turn-off on Cressy Road.
Rob Hamilton 18/11 #236163
Sat 17highlightNankeen Kestrel
Cape Portland Rd from Little Musselroe Rd to Rushy Lagoon
A single bird seen near the turnoff to Petal Point.
Rob Hamilton 18/11 #236162
Cattle Egret
Near Woodstock Lagoon, Longford
16 birds feeding among horses.
Bill Scott-Young 17/11 #236138
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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