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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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January 2019
Thu 10Common Blackbird (leucistic/albino)
George Town
A white Common Blackbird living in George Town, northern Tasmania. This bird is still being fed by its mother. The sex is unknown. First sighted on the 10th of January, it is seen most days.
Graham Pockett 15/1 #236596
Morepork, Australasian Grebe
Maria Island National Park
Owl seen at about 10:30 am on the Reservoir Track in the centre of a tall shrub about 10 m from the track. Would have liked to have seen its yellow eyes, but they were closed. Grebe on the reservoir near the far side, at midday.v In full breeding plumage. vWe scanned the water but only saw the one bird. eBird checklist
Val La May, Kathy Costello & Margaret Lo 11/1 #236570
Wed 9Royal Spoonbill
Espanade, Swansea
Single bird loafing with domestic ducks. 7 or 8 birds at Queechy Lagoon a few days ago.
Richard Ashby 11/1 #236569
Nankeen Kestrel
Very lucky to watch a Kestrel hunting for skinks, then devour its lunch only metres from us.
Stephen Mott 10/1 #236556
Sun 6Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (2 - escapees)
Mountain River
Two individuals observed flying south towards Mountain River. Noticed them in the distance due to unusual call (clearly different to Sulphur-crested, which was what I thought they must be from afar). Flew within 50 meters of observer, clearly pink tinted with vivid pink/red underwing and on the crest. On private property - GDA94 Lat/lon, -42.99797, 147.05296 eBird checklist
Steven Smith 6/1 #236527
Tue 1highlightPink-eared Duck
Penna Settling Ponds (restricted access)
Good news for any year listers out there... the Pink-eared Ducks of Penna are still present and correct! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 1/1 #236482
highlightGreat Knot
Orielton Lagoon
The highlight of the best day I've ever had at Orielton was definitely the highly surprising appearance of two Great Knots standing behind the Red Knot pair I was photographing! The great size, huge bills and even remnants of the spotted breeding plumage clinched the ID... absolutely delighted to see them at my favourite patch! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 1/1 #236481

December 2018
Mon 31Grey Goshawk
Meander Forest Reserve
Grey Goshawk feeding on carrion beside the road, got a very close look at it while it was being chased by ravens. Near the first bridge. eBird checklist
Karin Ketelaar 8/1 #236545
Sun 30highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Five birds in vicinity of hide. Single Latham's Snipe flushed. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 31/12 #236474
Thu 27Blue-billed Duck
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
Pair of adults trying to disassociate themselves from two needy, near-fledged chicks. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 28/12 #236444
Wed 26Australasian Grebe
Private dam, Boat Harbour Beach
Pair nesting. Bird sitting on floating nest in centre of dam. This is the second year it has nested at this site. eBird checklist
Glenn & Tom Fletcher 26/12 #236428
Mon 24highlightSwift Parrot
Marine Terrace, Burnie
Couple of birds in flowering gums near wharf. Said to be many more a month ago. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 26/12 #236437
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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