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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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October 2019
Thu 10Spotted Pardolote
118 Bowen Rd, Lutana
On dusk bird was flitting around the front yard.
Liz Hynes 11/10 #241468
Sun 6Little Black Cormorant
Inglis R, Wynyard
Sp. very common here but, interestingly, Silver Gulls and a White-faced Heron scampering along the exposed mud at low tide catching fish frightened by the immediately adjacent, marauding cormorants.
Richard Ashby 6/10 #241407
Fri 4highlightSwift Parrot
Wynyard Wharf
Handful of birds heard, not seen.
Richard Ashby 4/10 #241393
Thu 3Australian Hobby
Saw it dashing quite low over my street around sunset.
Michael Parsons 3/10 #241386
Wed 2Wedge-tailed Eagle
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
A juvenile Wedge-tailed Eagle was spotted by Catherine as it stood on a fallen log beside the rivulet, eating a feral duck. It flew into a nearby tree, watching as we passed, before returning to its kill.
Els Wakefield, Catherine and Tassar Noah. 2/10 #241369
Royal Spoonbill
Tamar Island Wetlands
9 or so Royal Spoonbills feeding in low tidal waters at first bridge on the boardwalk to Tamar island.
Daniel Lockhart 2/10 #241367

September 2019
Sun 29Australasian Gannet
Sisters Beach
c. 100 birds in feeding frenzy. Shy Albatrosses mixed in. Humpback Whales passing through.
Richard Ashby 29/9 #241337
Sat 28highlightSwift Parrot
Tramway Reserve, Margate
Swift Parrots coming and going to flowering blue gums, through most of the day, for the last few days with 15 seen leaving together one evening. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton 29/9 #241335
Ruddy Turnstone
St Helens Point Conservation Area--Maurouard Beach
4 birds feeding on the rocks.
Liz Znidersic 28/9 #241324
Fri 27highlightSwift Parrot
Binalong Bay
~6 birds flying and calling around Blue Gums on foreshore. eBird checklist
Liz Znidersic 28/9 #241325
Thu 26highlightMasked Owl
Brightwater Rd Howden
A single light-coloured Masked Owl seen at night beside the road at the lower or western end of Brightwater Road, Howden.
Els Wakefield for Flora and James Fox 29/9 #241348
Sun 22highlightAustralasian Bittern
Murphys Flat Wetlands
Murphys most beloved resident was present in the most fantastic way! I was photographing a goose across the river when, to my astonishment, I realised the bittern was perched out in the open! What followed was twenty minutes of uninterrupted views, the bittern hunching up against the cold and preening itself, about as contented as such a nervous creature can be! Also worth noting on this adventure were the displaying Musk Ducks and the lovely sight of my first Blue-winged Parrot for the season! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 22/9 #241265
Superb Fairywren (leucistic)
Derwent Entertainment Centre
One leucistic male fairywren in a troupe of fairywrens in the vegetation above the banks of the Derwent River, east of the Derwent Entertainment Centre. This was the same bird that was previously sighted by Karen Tie and in the same bushes where Karen found it earlier.
Els Wakefield 22/9 #241260
Sat 21Latham's Snipe
Rotaract Park, Smithton
51 birds flushed on official count.
Sue Jennings, Jenny Ostenfeld 26/9 #241302
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Inglis River, Wynyard
Single bird at the Gutteridge Gardens boatramp. Sightings very thin in Tas. Could this be the same bird as that seen in Ulverstone two weeks ago? Sites 42 km apart.
Richard Ashby 21/9 #241247
Little Egret
Orielton Lagoon--Greenshank Bay
Three Little Egrets standing together in a line in the water facing the northerly winds. They were sighted around 1600 hrs just north of Greenshank Bay.
Els Wakefield and Houshmand Rabbani 21/9 #241246
Eastern Curlew
Orielton Lagoon
Twelve Eastern Curlew standing on sand bar at NE end of Orielton Lagoon as tide was coming in around 1600 hrs. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Houshmand Rabbani 21/9 #241244
Common Greenshank
Orielton Lagoon--Cemetery Point
One Common Greenshank seen feeding among the rocks below the cemetery with about 50 Red-necked Stint sheltering from the wind.
Els Wakefield and Houshmand Rabbani 21/9 #241243
Little Grassbird
Bonnington farm, Cambridge (private property)
Two Little Grassbird heard and seen in the saltmarsh near Spit Road. They were flying between the pond to the north and the other side of the road and back.
Els Wakefield and Houshmand Rabbani 21/9 #241241
Thu 19highlightEastern Curlew
Low Head
Single bird seen at low tide. Later a very energetic Little Egret was seen feeding almost at high tide. eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 20/9 #241226
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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