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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.

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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

June 2015
Sun 28Common Bronzewing
Anthony's Beach picnic area, west of Stanley.
One bird flushed from road to perch. This is the furthest west in Tas we've ever seen the sp.
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton. 28/6 #223735
highlightBlue-Billed Duck
Copper Ck, Hopeless Plains on Irishtown-Edith Ck rd south of Smithton.
35 birds, biggest flock we've seen in Tas, amongst eight sp of duck
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton. 28/6 #223734
highlightPink-Eared Duck
Copper Ck, Hopeless Plains on Irishtown-Edith Ck road south of Smithton
Pair of birds amongst eight sp. of duck.
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton. 28/6 #223733
Sat 27megamegaForest Kingfisher
Inglis River, Wynyard
Managed to relocate the bird reported by Frank Wilson on the 25th. It was approximately 600m downstream of the Highway bridge, on the northern side of the river. Observed for approximately half an hour, in which time it caught and ate a skink.
John and Shirley Tongue 27/6 #223720
Thu 25megamegaForest Kingfisher
Inglis River
Kingfisher seen 200 metres down river from from Bass Highway road bridge. Perched on branch for half an hour before being disturbed by an Australian Hobby.
Frank wilson 25/6 #223695
Wed 24Bassian thrush
St Helens off Argonaut Rd
Heard Bassian thrush male call, predawn, first time this year.
John Holley 25/6 #223693
Sun 14highlightSouthern Fulmar (2), Slender-billed Prion (1) & possible Arctic Tern (1)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of the trip were close and extended views of 2 Southern Fulmars and a Slender-billed Prion. A possible Arctic Tern in non-breeding plumage was seen briefly flying away from the boat.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 17/6 #223637
Sat 13Dusky Woodswallow
Blythe River, Heybridge, NW
A couple of pairs of birds bucking the seasonal trend, late leavers perhaps.
Richard Ashby 13/6 #223595
Sun 7Blue-winged Parrot
north of Wilmot
1 bird seen from car flying from field.
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 9/6 #223551
Fri 5highlightWhite-necked Heron
Two White-necked Heron at same farm dam as previous report. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 5/6 #223508
Thu 4Little Egret
Don River Estuary
Single Little Egret reported from the 1st, relocated resting and preening on debris further up the Don River. We've had possible sightings of this bird over some months (always at speed, from the highway), and it may possibly even be the same bird that was seen a number of times at Forth in 2013.
John and Shirley Tongue 6/6 #223511
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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