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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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April 2017
Sat 22Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Waterworks Reserve
116 birds counted feeding on the grass slope of the upper dam wall. This is the most I have seen there. Quite fearless as usual.
Peter Brown 22/4 #230738
Thu 20highlightSacred Kingfisher
Inglis River Walking Track (Wynyard)
Single bird seen from the Table Cape Rd bridge, then again just up-river. eBird checklist
Andrew Bendall 20/4 #230723
Wed 19Painted Buttonquail
Adult female dead on the highway.
Bill Scott-Young 19/4 #230716
Sat 15White-bellied Sea Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Boat Harbour Beach
2 Wedge-tails and 1 sea eagle in a mock battle 2km east of Boat Harbour..
Tom Fletcher & Glenn Fletcher 15/4 #230667
West Montagu, far NW
Two birds. New western boundary for species on mainland Tas.
Richard Ashby 15/4 #230666
Mon 10Painted Buttonquail
One adult female bird observed on the side of the driveway at home on the way to university, which ran off into the Lomandra beside the road before I could, not having a camera, take a photo on a portable telephone. One race back the house for a camera and brief walk later nothing was to be seen, but after about fifteen minutes the bird re-emerged just a mite further down the drive from where first observed and ran across to the other side. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan 10/4 #230616
Sun 9highlightWhite-necked Heron
Somerset, NW
Single bird flying across Bass Hwy.
Richard Ashby, Erica Ashby 9/4 #230612
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay
Alerted to the alarm calls of starlings and honeyeaters then a white raptor appeared at eye level cruising in the direction of Hobart ...distinctive yellow legs and feet could be seen.
Martin O'Brien 9/4 #230608
Sat 8Great Egret
Townsend Lagoon, Lewisham
Two Great Egrets preening beside lagoon this afternoon and a lone Cattle Egret flew in nearby. [Moderator's note: Great Egrets have been absent from Tasmania for several months - PB]
Els Wakefield 8/4 #230607
Fri 7Hardhead
Four Springs Lake
3 Hardheads noted at Four Springs Lake. 2 male and 1 female. Had not noted this species here before (many visits to area).
Michelle Turner 8/4 #230597
Pardoe Point
1 Sanderling feeding along shoreline with 9 Double-banded Plovers and 5 Red-capped Plovers; the latter were aggressive and made the Sanderling move on a few occasions.
Hazel Britton, Julie Serafin + 2 other observers 8/4 #230596
Wed 5highlightOrange-bellied Parrot
Rotaract Park, Smithton
Three birds flushed from samphire at Latham's Snipe roost on east bank of Duck River, presume on northward migration. Initially assumed on very brief sighting to be Blue-wings but then one of the birds called, the OBP metallic buzzing alarm, not the soft tinkle of Blue-wings.
Richard Ashby 5/4 #230577
Mon 3Peregrine Falcon
Sisters Island, Sisters Beach
Bird engaged in repeat sorties on multiple thousands of starlings incoming to night roost. Success after probably twenty attempts. Perched Sea Eagle unmoved by spectacle.
Richard Ashby 3/4 #230553
Sun 2highlightFreckled Duck
Old Macs Farm and Fishery, Lauceston
Three Freckled Ducks are still there. We found them roosting with other ducks at the edge of the smaller pond. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 3/4 #230547
Bassian Thrush
Hellyer Gorge State Reserve
Bird flushed from within 3m of two observers, scuttled off to 5m and proceeded to bob whole body up and down vertically, not rocking, behaviour not seen by me in 40y obs and not described in HANZAB.
Richard Ashby 2/4 #230538

March 2017
Fri 31Spotless Crake
Tasmanian Arboretum, Eugenana.
Single bird flew across small section of the main pond approximately 2m from the small wooden walk bridge (the one with no hand rails) at 2:30 pm. Flew straight to cover and wasn't seen again.
Angus McNab 31/3 #230525
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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