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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.

August 2020
Tue 4Lewin's Rail
Shorewell Creek - Burnie
One bird feeding between the reeds with Spotless Crakes. Found 350m from Three Mile Line Road along the creek. eBird checklist
Ray Turnbull and Margot Oorebeek 5/8 #258444
highlightSwift Parrot
Kelcey Tier Nature Reserve
At least 7 birds actively calling and flying around the canopy just at the Allison Track carpark. Fairly regular at this site through the summer, but first ones this season (for me). eBird checklist
Ramit Singal 4/8 #258439
Sun 2European Goldfinch
Beauty Flat, Mt Nichols Rd.
Several large, vigorously active flocks feeding across paddock of grazed rapeseed. There could be numbers exceeding 1000 here. In such numbers, it's quite a sight.
Ian May 5/8 #258445
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Peter Murrell Reserves
Calling vigorously.
Alastair & Jean Richardson 2/8 #258429

July 2020
Tue 28Wedge-tailed Eagle
Hobart waterfront
Wedgie cruising over Hobart waterfront (Salamanca area) being harassed by a couple of ravens. 11.30 this morning.
Suzanne Hedgecott 28/7 #258408
Mon 27Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Maranoa Heights
Two Wedge-tailed Eagles overhead early this afternoon, both being hassled by a large group of Grey Currawongs (S26325694). eBird checklist
Russell Twining 27/7 #258405
Thu 23highlightSpotless Crake
Shorewell Creek, Burnie
First sighting for me in western Tas for 20y. Very grateful to Simon Gates for alerting me to this promising site.
Richard Ashby 23/7 #258384
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Sisters Beach
First for season on my patch. Keen bird.
Richard Ashby 23/7 #258380
Wed 22Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Welman St, Launceston
We live in Welman St, Launceston & have seen a Grey Goshawk in this vicinity for around 6 -7 weeks. It is currently sitting at the very top of a cypress tree in Canning St, where we often see it. We also saw the goshawk on a neighbour's roof with a pigeon in his talons. From our window we regularly see him flying between Elizabeth & Canning Sts in the vicinity of George St.
Gael Vizard 22/7 #258373
Welcome Swallow
Summerhill 7250
Just watched a return Welcome Swallow fly to its' nest in our porch at 12:10 pm today... certainly much earlier than usual.
Howard Griffiths 22/7 #258372
Mon 20highlightSacred Kingfisher
Don River Estuary
Bird sitting on a branch above mudflats near the Sawdust bridge. Had been a few reports on social media in the last few weeks.
Shane Pinner 22/7 #258379
Sat 18Royal Spoonbill
Orielton Rivulet Sorell
Three Royal Spoonbills feeding on creek edge near road bridge. eBird checklist
Caroline Wheeler 18/7 #258337
Fri 17Grey Goshawk (white morph)
McTavish Avenue, Mt Stuart
Today this bird was perched on a neighbour's TV antenna, however by the time I found the camera it had flown further away.
Denise Jeffrey 19/7 #258353
Thu 16Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Mortimer Avenue, Mt Stuart
This bird was being mobbed by a pair of Kelp Gulls, it stood its ground and then moved to a nearby chimney.
Denise Jeffrey 19/7 #258352
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Jennyfield Rd., Bridgenorth
2 birds doing courtship glides were mobbed by pairs of lapwings, magpies and ravens (1030 hrs). eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 16/7 #258330
Wed 15Black-headed Honeyeater
Church Cemetery, Stanley
Pair of birds, leaf gleaners, occasional bark gleaners, feeding on the ground, grass/moss in southerly shade of woodland. Unable to ascertain on what they were feeding. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 15/7 #258326
Striated Pardalote
Detention River Estuary
Bird(s) heard every month so far this winter on monthly surveys. Sp. did not overwinter last year. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 15/7 #258322
Common Greenshank
Duck River, Smithton
Couple of birds overwintering. Three seen by Jenny Ostenfeld recently. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 15/7 #258321
Mon 13Bar-tailed Godwit
St Helens
Fourteen birds, overwintering. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 14/7 #258314
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.] eBird checklist
Allan Hughes 13/7 #258306
highlightStraw-necked Ibis
Duck River
Single Straw-necked Ibis feeding on mud flats, unfortunately too distant for a photo. eBird checklist
Jenny Ostenfeld 11/7 #258297
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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