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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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May 2021
Wed 5Painted Buttonquail
Black River campground
Single bird seen circling and feeding, associated with Superb Fairywren feeding at freshly exposed bare ground. Many platelets in the area suggest a good population.
Jenny Ostenfeld 5/5 #260136
Sun 2Little Corella
Stowport, near Burnie
Mixed flock of c 30 Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos and Little Corellas, two of the latter seen well and then many more heard. Flock about 50:50. Sp. uncommon in NW.
Richard Ashby 2/5 #260122
Cattle Egret
Tasman Highway East of Lewisham turnoff
Four Cattle Egrets in field south of highway east of Lewisham turnoff and circa ten Cattle Egrets southway east of Forcett both groups feeding among cattle.
Els Wakefield 2/5 #260120
Sat 1Grey Goshawk (white morph)
By the Tasman Hwy at Orielton, north of Sorell
Sitting on a power line next to the Tasman Highway at Orielton, just north of Tullamore Road. Late morning.
Suzanne Hedgecott 1/5 #260112

April 2021
Wed 28Painted Buttonquail
The Premaydena to Saltwater River rd.
One female ran across the road from south to north just after Prices Flats Rd.
Ruth Brozek and Els Wakefield 28/4 #260098
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Upper Lenah Valley Rd
Sitting on railing of back deck in upper Lenah Valley Rd. No idea if this is particularly rare but I have never seen one here before (have lived at property 21 years).
Eilidh Laws 28/4 #260096
Mon 26highlightGround Parrot
"Creekton Hills" Saundridge Rd, Cressy
Single Ground Parrot disturbed whilst conducting fuel reduction burn. This is the second one I've seen in the Cressy area in 8 years (phone photo).
Bill Scott-Young 26/4 #260084
Fri 23Wedge-tailed Eagle
Bryants Lane, Clarendon
A pair perched in trees relatively close to each other, and then one flew off to soar and hunt. Not overly fussed by vehicle rounding up sheep nearby.
John and Shirley Tongue 23/4 #260059
Banded Lapwing
Nile Rd, Clarendon
11 Banded Lapwings feeding in ploughed paddock beside Nile Rd, between Evandale and Clarendon.
John and Shirley Tongue 23/4 #260058
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
West Hobart
Old pine tree behind 156 Goulburn St, same location as yesterday, eating large rat. Only noticed as our chickens refused to leave coop.
Chris Peters 23/4 #260057
Wed 21Bar-tailed Godwit
Mouth of the Sulphur Creek
This bird has been seen feeding at the mouth of Sulphur Creek on and off since November 2020.
Frank Wilson 21/4 #260044
Mon 19Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Sulphur Creek
Seen just after day break perched in tree looking around. Moved to 4 different trees before flying off.
Frank & Lennice Wilson 19/4 #260037
Sun 18megamegaYellow-faced Honeyeater
Disappointment Bay, King Island
1 bird seen in coastal scrub around midday. Loosely associated with Silvereyes. eBird checklist
Falk Wicker 20/4 #260042
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Mount Direction Conservation Area
Mid afternoon, 4 eagles soaring in thermals over the Meehan Range between Otago and Old Beach, one stooping and soaring apparently for the joy of it. Why wouldn't you!
Suzanne Hedgecott 18/4 #260034
Fri 16Azure Kingfisher
Lower Gordon River
One seen a few kilometres upstream from where the river joins Macquarie Harbour.
Murray Lord 17/4 #260025
Mon 12megamegaTerek Sandpiper
Tamar Island
Continuing bird seen on handrail of jetty. eBird checklist
Mike Barrow 13/4 #260008
Grey Goshawk, white morph
Spotted on our deck railing. We live close to Northeast Park.
Maree Grace 12/4 #260005
Sun 11highlightFreckled Duck
Country Club Casino, Launceston
Two birds, a male and a female, lurking under the dis-used footbridge, but flushed out onto open water.
John and Shirley Tongue 11/4 #259999
Fri 9highlightPink-eared Duck
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Solitary bird with Royal Spoonbill, Great and Cattle Egrets. Ten species of duck at this excellent site, only visible from private farmland to north.
Richard Ashby 10/4 #259996
Tue 6Double-banded Plover
River flats at Kelso
At least 25 birds present. Also 25+ Red-capped Plover, 20+ Red-necked Stint, 25+ Sooty Oystercatcher, 25+ Pied Oystercatcher and 2 White-fronted Chats. 1530-1700 hrs, incoming tide.
Geoff Bromfield 7/4 #259987
Rainbow Lorikeet
York Street Reserve, Wynyard
Pair of birds, one guarding nest hole, the other bullying a seemingly-discombobulated Green Rosella. Adjacent tree hole occupied by beehive. Lorikeets now common in Wynyard.
Richard Ashby 6/4 #259982
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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