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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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June 2017
Sun 25Wedge-tailed Eagle
Legana, on Bridgnorth Rd
2 birds circling quite low over houses in the early afternoon. eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 25/6 #231220
Sat 24Banded Lapwing
Bass Highway, approx 1km north of Ashgrove Cheese
Birds noted in roadside paddock on the way to an afternoon meeting in Deloraine. On the way home, relocated the flock and stopped - approx 1 km north of Ahsgrove Cheese, and 500m south of Kimberley turnoff. In a corner of a paddock to the east of the highway were 11 Banded Lapwings and 2 Masked Lapwings (lots of Masked Lapwings in other paddocks). eBird checklist
John and Shirley Tongue 24/6 #231212
Thu 22Royal Spoonbill
Tamar Island Wetlands
7 birds on the second southern lagoon. eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 22/6 #231205
Wed 21Nankeen Night Heron
Tamar Island Wetlands
Single immature bird near the bird hide on the north lagoon. Also of interest was ca 40 Superb Fairywrens feeding on the ground in a compact group on the island. eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 22/6 #231202
Tue 20Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Invermay Rd, Launceston
Single bird perched on power line at road side. Over-wintering or late departure? eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 20/6 #231190
Mon 19Swamp Harrier
Near dam on farm, N.W. Tasmania
I usually see a bird of this type nesting around this area in the summer months, is this unusual to see one this time of year? Will it possibly overwinter here? Is this an increasing phenomena due to warmer winters? [Moderator's note: a small proportion of Tasmania's breeding Swamp Harriers remain in the state during the colder months - PB]
Terence John Trunecka 21/6 #231196
Fri 16Hardhead
Four Springs Lake
Large group of Hardhead noted. Noticed at northern corner (near webcam position) as a WBSE was swooping them causing mayhem. Suggest approximately 200+ flock. Additional photos available, however all at extreme distance eBird checklist
Michelle Turner 19/6 #231185
Wedge-tailed Eagle & White-bellied Sea Eagle
East side of Boat Harbour Beach
2 No. circling with 2 No. White- bellied Sea eagles. Yesterday there were 3 Wedgies, one "dog fighting" with a Sea Eagle. They have all been present over the last week at least and would appear to be staking out a nest site in the long row of pine trees running along the top of a hill leading to the shore.(on private land but viewable from the shore). eBird checklist
Glenn Fletcher per Tom Fletcher 16/6 #231158
Wed 14Banded Lapwing
Sighted about twelve foraging in the park off the first exit off the Midland Highway - photo available on request. eBird checklist
Abbie Foxton 14/6 #231150
Mon 12Spotless Crake
Tamar Island Wetlands
2 birds feeding cautiously in open near the visitors' centre. Also 2 Royal Spoonbills present. eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 13/6 #231131
Sun 11Royal Spoonbill
Duck River, Smithton
Solitary bird just upstream of township, probably same specimen as seen at sewage ponds three weeks ago. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Craig Kerr 12/6 #231122
Sat 10Ground Parrot
Rocky Cape National Park
Good view of flushed Ground Parrot on Inland Track east of Broadview Hill Track. eBird checklist
Jenny Ostenfeld 10/6 #231106
Wed 7Royal Spoonbill
Boomer Bay Tasmania
We spotted a lone Royal Spoonbill on a spit in Boomer Bay, on the lagoon side of Marion Bay Conservation Area. It was foraging among other birds there such as pelicans, White-faced Herons, various gulls and oystercatchers. The spoonbill did not appear to have a crest. The bird was quite a distance away so the photos are long range. The spoonbill was on the low tide sandy spit beyond the land mass. The spit extends from address: 499 Bay Rd Marion Bay TAS 7175 -42.843230, 147.852004 eBird checklist
Jacqueline Gardner 7/6 #231095
Tue 6highlightRoyal Spoonbill
Flowerdale (near Wynyard)
Single bird with Great Egrets and Little Black and Little Pied Cormorants and the usual range of waterfowl at this frequently excellent site. Possibly same bird as seen in Wynyard one month ago. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 6/6 #231091
Mon 5highlightAustralasian Bittern
Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania, New Norfolk
Bird feeding along reedbed on the opposite side of the river from the race office. eBird checklist
Karen Dick 5/6 #231084
highlightBlack-winged (White-headed) Stilt
Gage Brook wetland
Immature individual seen again this morning feeding in the shallow water. Limited view from roadside bridge but better seen with telescope from the hill at Herdsman Cove, looking down over the wetland. eBird checklist
Karen Dick 5/6 #231083
Thu 1highlightBlack-winged (White-headed) Stilt
Gage Brook (stream south of Gagebrook)
Single immature bird in wetland east of East Derwent Highway crossing. eBird checklist
Andrew North 2/6 #231057

May 2017
Wed 31Masked Owl
Bass Hwy, Wynyard
Female, freshly roadkilled.
Erica Ashby, Richard Ashby 31/5 #231047
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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