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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.

May 2020
Sun 24Cattle Egret
Preolenna Rd, Flowerdale
187 birds feeding in a single paddock with dairy cows. eBird checklist
Margot Oorebeek and Ray Turnbull 24/5 #257014
Sat 23Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Sulphur Creek
One bird flying east with a dozen Forest Ravens harassing it.
Frank Wilson 23/5 #257000
Fri 22Freckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary, Granton
At least 15 Freckled Ducks off to the left of the bird hide. Water level in the lagoon was high so less other species than sometimes present. Also noticed there were more introduced ducks (Mallard & Muscovy ducks) than last time I visited.
Ian Lundy 23/5 #256999
Wed 20Wedge-tailed Eagle
4 Wedge-tails calling to each other and doing aerobatics in the updraft on the side of Poatina Hill. We're probably on the edge of two territories.
Leanne Sherriff 20/5 #256985
Sat 16Australasian Grebe
A single bird downstream from the Richmond Bridge feeding above the weir. First observed by Ruth Brozek.
Els Wakefield 17/5 #256966
Fri 15Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Sandy Bay, adjacent university
Goshawk flew in and landed on our veggie patch. Common sighting in neighbour's pine tree, but not often seen in our garden. Also saw Grey and Brown Goshawks yesterday. Seeing both goshawks several times a week here at the moment.
Ian Lundy 15/5 #256957
Eastern Curlew
Duck River mud flats
Surprise distant sighting of 3 Eastern Curlew feeding on the mud flats. Photo of two, one close to two Chestnut Teal.
Jenny Ostenfeld 15/5 #256953
Wed 13Royal Spoonbill
Tamar Island Wetlands
10 birds resting by the lagoon near the visitors' centre. (1500hrs)
Geoff Bromfield 15/5 #256950
Nankeen Night Heron
Camp Creek, Wynyard
1 adult Nankeen Night Heron giving good views as it flew around before settling on a perch in a riverside tree.
Michael Parsons 13/5 #256939
Tue 12Grey Goshawk and Wedge-tailed Eagle
82 White Hills Rd Penguin
Very wet and windy conditions. Grey (white morph) Goshawk battling into westerlies, followed 2 minutes later by a Wedge-tailed Eagle going same way.
Erik Donnachie 12/5 #256936
Mon 11Royal Spoonbill
Duck River
A single Royal Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Great Egret and Little Pied Cormorant roosting on a members only jetty. First time I've seen a Cattle Egret by the river. A Royal Spoonbill pair were frequently seen in 2019, but I've only seen a solitary RS this year.
Jenny Ostenfeld 11/5 #256930
Sun 10highlightOrange-bellied Parrot
Climies Track, Trial harbour
A single bird. Emerald green back smaller, in size to the Green Rosella. Flying very quickly skimming the surface of the heathland beside the trail. I managed to get a good look at it. [Moderators' note: this sighting remains unconfirmed]
Jenny Groves 10/5 #256922
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Sulphur Creek
5 birds flying in from the west then perched in old dead eucalypt behind Sulphur Creek Beach.
Frank Lennice Wilson 10/5 #256916
Tue 5Wedge-tailed Eagle
Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area
3 birds soaring at 10.30 am near top of Duck Reach Power Station.
Anne G.Booth 5/5 #256890
Sat 2Cattle Egret
Macquarie Settlement Road, Cressy
40 birds feeding amongst cattle.
Bill Scott-Young 3/5 #256868

April 2020
Wed 29Grey Goshawk
Suburban backyard in Campbell St Newstead
A Grey Goshawk (pure white) was on our arch in our backyard. Spent about one minute sitting there before it flew off to a tree nearby.
John Anderson 29/4 #256835
Mon 27Cattle Egret
Preservation Bay
Three Cattle Egrets feeding amongst cattle. There could be hundreds in the state but being in isolation I saw these in walking distance from our home. My highlight for the day.
Frank & Lennice Wilson 27/4 #256824
Grey Goshawk
About a week ago one of our chickens was covered in blood, then this morning my wife disturbed the culprit from her kill. Sat in a tree totally at ease with being observed and photographed, but had to watch as her breakfast was buried.
Greg Hume 27/4 #256820
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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