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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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4/8/2020

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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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
September 2020
Sun 20Australian Reed Warbler
Hopeless Plains, south of Smithton
Bird singing at full volume, a first for this site and only my fourth in western Tas in 40y.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britten 20/9 #258730
Fri 18Morepork
Sandy Bay, near University
Owl calling in my neighbour's yard for about five minutes. High in a gum tree so couldn't get a great view but have clear recording of call which matches Morepork calls which we found online.
Ian Lundy 18/9 #258707
Thu 17highlightNankeen Night Heron (22)
Tamar Island Wetlands
I was on the third bridge of Tamar, just before the island in the bruised pastel space between dusk and night, when something compelled me to look up... I couldn't believe my eyes!! There, small in size yet barrel of chest, flapping with a weird lightness on those rounded wings, were two tawny-tinted Night Herons!! Not only that, but two other flocks so large that I assumed they must be shelducks at first glance came drifting low overhead!! It was the perfect light for missing out on photographs... but I still managed to salvage a record shot or two of these bizarre creatures!! Especially memorable was the young bird that, for whatever reason, was flying in circles around my head until I put the spotlight on it; it sharply turned away with a croaking shout of anger!! I've never seen more than two Night Herons at once in Tasmania, and according to eBird this is the single most Night Herons recorded at once in recorded Tasmanian history!! The other major highlight was a Spotless Crake giving a fantastic photoshoot by the main building... eBird checklist
George Vaughan 17/9 #258697
megamegaIntermediate Egret
North Pond, Smithton Sewage
Single non-breeding bird with half a dozen Great Egrets. Would have liked longer (before flushing by raptor) but all yellow bill, dark legs, too leggy and graceful for Cattle Egret. Noticeably smaller than Greats. Only my third sighting in Tas in 40y.
Richard Ashby 17/9 #258693
megamegaStraw-necked Ibis
North pond, Smithton Sewage
Single immature with 2 sp. of egret and 4 sp. of cormorant. Bird flushed by raptor but reappeared in paddock by farm gate. My third sighting in Tas in 21y.
Richard Ashby 17/9 #258692
Whimbrel
East end Anthony Beach, Stanley
2 birds amongst flock of 24 Eastern Curlew.
Richard Ashby 17/9 #258691
highlightEastern Curlew
East end Anthony Beach, Stanley
16 birds seen on spit but 24 in the air when flushed.
Richard Ashby 17/9 #258690
Wed 16highlightSwift Parrot
Romaine Reserve, Burnie
Small flock heard. Also single birds to small flocks at Sisters Beach and in and around Wynyard during the last week.
Richard Ashby 16/9 #258680
Thu 10megamegaMagpie-lark
Freycinet National Park--Bryans Beach
Female - still on the wetland behind the beach. eBird checklist
Jeremy Bird 10/9 #258636
Tue 8megamegaMagpie-lark
Freycinet National Park--Bryans Beach
One on the shoreline of the small wetland behind Bryans Beach at the southern tip of the Freycinet Peninsula. eBird checklist
Jeremy Bird 9/9 #258633
Mon 7highlightSwift Parrot
Inglis River, Wynyard
Single bird in riparian old growth eucs with possible breeding holes. Species seen hanging around this site in previous summers.
Richard Ashby 7/9 #258622
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Florentine Forest on main road to Strathgordon
Anna Minchin 7/9 #258620
Sun 6highlightSwift Parrot
Mersey Bluff, Devonport
Small flock flying East.
John Bowden per John Tongue 8/9 #258627
highlightSwift Parrot
Flowerdale Road, nr Boat Harbour
Small flock (3 birds seen, others heard in adjacent stand) in heavily- blossoming eucs.
Richard Ashby 6/9 #258613
Sat 5Horsefield's Bronze Cuckoo
Sisters Beach
Calling. First for season here. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 5/9 #258606

August 2020
Sun 30highlightSwift Parrot
West Ulverstone
3 birds flying east
Hazel Britton, per JohnTongue 8/9 #258626
highlightStubble Quail
"Palmerston" Poatina Road
One bird in grass pasture.
Bill Scott-Young 30/8 #258562
Sat 29highlightEastern Curlew
Eastern (Stanley) end of Anthony Beach
21 Eastern Curlew, photo shows 4 EC with one examining seaweed
Jenny Ostenfeld 30/8 #258561
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Queens Domain (Hobart)
Saw one fly over the Domain soccer fields while I was watching kids' soccer soccer this morning. Usually the first migratory bird to show up in Hobart each year around now.
Ian Lundy 29/8 #258558
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