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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.

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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July 2020
Sat 11Royal Spoonbill
Tamar Island Wetlands
Is this an unusual sighting? Spoonbills are not listed in my book of Tasmanian Birds. [Moderator's note: Royal Spoonbills have been a resident in some locations in Tasmania for over a decade, and have breed more recently, but are still uncommon in the state in general.]
Allan Hughes 13/7 #258306
highlightStraw-necked Ibis
Duck River
Single Straw-necked Ibis feeding on mud flats, unfortunately too distant for a photo.
Jenny Ostenfeld 11/7 #258297
Thu 9Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Farmland a few km inland of Sulphur Creek.
Small flock of six birds, presumed to be overwintering.
Richard Ashby 9/7 #258285
Wed 8Grey Goshawk
Grey Goshawk being mobbed by ravens, spotted above Lutana, photo taken from United servo on corner of Brooker Hwy/Derwent Pk Rd. Not a good photo, camera was at full stretch.
Suzanne Hedgecott 9/7 #258283
Black-fronted Dotterel
Poatina Road
5 Black-fronted Dotterel in a wet paddock, unusual here at this time of year.
Bill Scott-Young 8/7 #258282
Sun 5highlightPink-eared Duck
Dam on Masters Rd (South Riana)
2 Pink-eared Duck preening among teal and Pacific Black Duck. eBird checklist
Margot Oorebeek and Ray Turnbull 5/7 #258262
Sat 4Grey Plover (12), Curlew Sandpiper (1) & Eastern Curlew (1)
Kangaroo Island
12 Grey Plover observed on mudflats prior to high tide. Curlew Sandpiper roosting at high tide with mixed flock of waders including Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Stint, Double-banded Plover and Red-capped Plover. Eastern Curlew sighted in Robbins Passage while crossing to Kangaroo Island. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Simon Gates and Paul Brooks 6/7 #258272
Brown Goshawk
West Tamar Highway, nr the Tailrace, Launceston
Single bird (female) flew across the highway (1400 hrs). Also of note were a pair of Cape Barren Geese at the side of the highway just past the first set of lights coming into the city. They have been seen on many occasions in the area over the last five years. They turn up in various places. Status uncertain!
Geoff Bromfield 5/7 #258261
Thu 2Wedge-tailed Eagle
Bridgenorth Rd near the Notley Gorge Rd junction
Single bird flew over the road being mobbed by 2 ravens (0930 hrs).
Geoff Bromfield 2/7 #257252

June 2020
Fri 26Wedge-tailed Eagle
Single wedgy near the old cemetery. Was hunting then perched in a tree to get away from the plovers.
Michael Eagling 26/6 #257235
Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Private property Maranoa Heights
One bird sighted on neighbour's driveway, 1.5metres from ground. A first sighting for me. eBird checklist
Russell Twining 26/6 #257234
Tue 23Nankeen Kestrel, Kelp Gull and others.
My little trip to Stanley started off in incredible style when, the very moment I hopped out of the car, a beautiful female kestrel wafted in and then banked steeply up to land atop the Norfolk Pine right beside the cabin!! There she sat, nervously glancing about and preening for a perfect photoshoot!! Things escalated further when I was stunned by an immaculate adult Kelp Gull wheeled down to land just off the beach; I remember thinking it seemed incredibly white at first glance... the smallness of the bill and sharpness of the white really loaned the bird a distinct handsomeness of form!! Other highlights included a gull that looked like a perfect intermediate of Pacific (for the primary and bill colour) and Kelp (for the coarsely streaked rather than blotchy head and the very thin bill), an overwintering Fan-tailed Cuckoo and a plover that flew over very fast and was almost certainly Double-banded for the size and cinnamon shades... what a start to the trip!! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 23/6 #257222
Sun 21Double-banded Plover
Narawntapu National Park--Springlawn Nature Walk
1 bird feeding at edge of water on flooded Springlawn, SE corner opposite the bird hide, along with 2 Black-fronted Dotterels and 4 Flame Robins.
Erik Donnachie 22/6 #257212
Cattle Egret
At least 200 in a flock. Seen distantly, and swirling above and below an intervening ridge line, making accurate count difficult.
John and Shirley Tongue 22/6 #257211
Superb Lyrebird
Styx Rd, Maydena
Bird calling continuosly in dense wet schlerophyll for 20min of Birdata survey.
Richard Ashby 22/6 #257209
Tasmanian Nativehen
Poatina Rd
A pair with three chicks 100 mm high.
Bill Scott-Young 21/6 #257200
Sat 20Ground Parrot
Sentinel Range
Bird flushed near roadside. Only species seen/heard during 20min/2ha Birdata survey.
Richard Ashby 22/6 #257210
Fri 19Australian Reed Warbler
Short burst of sub-song from dense reeds in old well-established dam near Junee River crossing. ? over-wintering bird. See also TBR 26 (1997).
Richard Ashby 22/6 #257208
Kelp Gull
Single bird on farm dam. 1.5 km from freshwater section R Derwent but 16km from (?) nearest saltwater at New Norfolk. First sighting here on Birdata..
Richard Ashby 22/6 #257207
Golden Whistler
Sandy Bay, adjacent uni
Female whistler present in trees around the garden for half an hour. One other sighting in nine years living here was in April 2015. Weather has turned much colder at altitude in the past few days which can lead to unusual birds turning up in our garden. Bird was dull all over, olive-brown above. Mostly light below with subtle colour variation between bib and rest of underparts. Light coloured patch on edge of wing when sitting. Head was mostly light with some darker colouring around and behind eyes.
Ian Lundy 19/6 #257193
Thu 18Cattle Egret
Taylors Bay, Bruny Island
A singe Cattle Egret was among a flock of sheep in a field to the east of the C629 road.
Els Wakefield 21/6 #257202
Musk Lorikeet
Triabunna (adjacent to Info. centre)
Small group 10+ in flowering eucalypt north of Information centre. ? Late departure… [Moderator's note - more of a nomadic breeding resident than a migrant]
Rodger Willows 19/6 #257194
Black-fronted Dotterel
Near Visitors' Centre, Tamar Island Wetlands
6 birds present. Also seen were 9 Royal Spoonbills and a single sea-eagle.
Geoff Bromfield 19/6 #257192
Rainbow Lorikeet
Gates Rd (slightly west of Wynyard)
Birds heard in bossoming eucs. Apart from a single sighting in Sisters Beach four years ago, this is the current western boundary of the species in Tas. Flock of 20+ now resident in nearby Wynyard.
Richard Ashby 18/6 #257189
Mon 15highlightEastern Curlew
Duck River
Amazed to see 6 Eastern Curlew feeding on mudflats at 11 am. Single EC seen several times since 3 Jun, 2 seen and photographed in good light yesterday. Gotta love these mudflats!
Jenny Ostenfeld 15/6 #257179
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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