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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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February 2021
Tue 23Tree Martin
Holley Basin, Lake Gordon
Heavily degraded and depauperate landscape with 50y old drowned forest now exposed as lake level 27m below full, providing tree hollows. Insects in suffucient abundance. Much fire damage also, from lightning strikes 3y ago.
Richard Ashby 24/2 #259776
Mon 22Brown Falcon
Saundridge Road, Cressy
4 Brown Falcon flying together, one of which landed upon a dedicated bird perch atop TasNetworks HV powerline tranformer pole. This relatively new section of powerline has multiple perches installed.
Bill Scott-Young 22/2 #259754
Sat 20megamegaTerek Sandpiper
Tamar Island Wetlands
Single bird at end of board walk - dead tree branch north of the pontoon.
Tony Dawe 22/2 #259749
Fri 19Black-fronted Dotterel
Tamar Island Wetlands
A few small groups, but then one group of 11, and one group of 16, all not far from the bird-hide.
John and Shirley Tongue 19/2 #259738
Thu 18Peregrine Falcon
Tony Dawe 24/2 #259773
Wed 17Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Tony Dawe 17/2 #259735
Rainbow Lorikeet
Sisters Beach
Small flock heard in my garden early this morning. According to Birdata and my own observations, this remains the current western boundary of the species. Birds heard here also in 2016 presumeably a splinter group from the flock resident in Wynyard 20 km to the east.
Richard Ashby 17/2 #259728
Mon 15Grey Goshawk
Perched on a power pole above three trees that host hundreds of roosting starlings. Remained for 1-2 minutes - so have clear photos. Have not seen this species near our home previously.
Peter Fowler 15/2 #259717
Sun 14Collared Sparrowhawk
Jennyfield Rd., Bridgenorth
Single male bird seen over paddock and flew into nearby bush (late afternoon).
Geoff Bromfield 15/2 #259718
Fri 12Royal Spoonbill
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Single bird roosting with pelican, shelduck, cormorants. Sp. here off and on since 2017.
Richard Ashby 12/2 #259700
Thu 11Cattle Egret
Seven birds roosting in trees. Early-ish.
Erica Ashby 24/2 #259775
Wed 10Australian Owlet-nightjar
Bird flushed off main road at 0600 in headlamps.
Richard Ashby 11/2 #259691
Sun 7Royal Spoonbill
Tamar Island Wetlands
3 birds feeding on South Lagoon were later seen at the second bridge (p.m.). Also at the South Lagoon was a single Great Egret.
Geoff Bromfield 8/2 #259676
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Pair soaring in thermals Cambridge side of Mt Rumney. Late morning.
Suzanne Hedgecott 7/2 #259670
Great Crested Grebe
Orielton Lagoon
Single bird feeding late morning (11.15 ish) on Orielton Lagoon, near the causeway.
Suzanne Hedgecott 7/2 #259669
Thu 4Grey Goshawk - white morph
Sulphur Creek
I have heard the goshawk call occasionally on the hill behind our house over the last few days but couldn't see it. Today I saw it flying through the trees heading east.
Frank Wilson 4/2 #259661
Wed 3Wedge-tailed Eagle
Junction of Long Plains Rd/Bridgnorth Rd
3 birds circling together over the road (1300 hrs).
Geoff Bromfield 4/2 #259660
Tue 2Black-fronted Dotterel
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
There was a pair of dotterels with two chicks on the exposed mud at the southern end of the lagoon. The chicks were in near adult plumage but still about half size. They were staying close to the parents and weren't able to fly yet. The birds appear to have bred at the lagoon. Around the bird hide there were at least another three dotterels with one bird repeatedly returning to sit in the same spot on the mud as though it was sitting on an egg. eBird checklist
Ian Lundy 3/2 #259654
Mon 1Azure Kingfisher
York Street Reserve, Wynyard
Species resident here but my first sighting for over two years despite monthly visits. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 1/2 #259651

January 2021
Sun 31Beautiful Firetail
Launceston CBD
When I first saw a tiny, brown bundle of dead feathers in the middle of the hotel carpark, I naturally assumed it was a Sparrow... we were about to head off to Tamar when I finally decided to go and have a look, for whatever reason... and then... the vermiculations were what hit me first, then the shockingly bright red rump and sharp black mask!!! A FIRETAIL, slap bang in the middle of the Launceston CBD!!! Given the way the birds' neck and legs were still very supple, I have no doubt it must've died not at all long before that. Given there was absolutely no indicator that this was an escapee of any kind (and let's face it, Firetails are hardly a bird one sees in the pet shops round here!!), I have no problem in guessing this is one of the first ever Firetails for Launceston's CBD!! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 31/1 #259645
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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