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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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December 2017
Sun 10highlightCook's Petrel, Gould's Petrel, Northern Royal Albatross
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of today's trip were singles of Cook's and Gould's Petrel and 2 Northern Royal Albatrosses, an adult and an immature. The immature was banded on the right leg with a metal band and on the left leg with a blue band.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 14/12 #233047
Thu 7Painted Buttonquail
Campbell Town Mountain area
Found in open area foraging amongst gravel - possibly looking for grit? 2 birds, a larger and smaller one, both soon scooted to cover. Surrounding area is dry woodland.
Jason Bolch 7/12 #232997
Superb Lyrebird
Dee River, Strickland
Spotted one bird in wet forest gully surrounded by plantation. I am not aware of sightings this far north and east.
Jason Bolch 7/12 #232996
Tue 5Banded Lapwing
By Midlands Highway at Tunbridge
2 birds seen at side of highway Further information
Geoff Bromfield 6/12 #232980
Sun 3Australian Reed Warbler
Flowerdale nr Wynyard
Part song heard first, then full song in reeds on private farm dam. Sp. extremely thin in western Tas, last seen/heard by me at Marrawah >20y ago, i.e. pre-New Atlas.
Richard Ashby 3/12 #232964
Sat 2Freckled Duck
Gould’s Lagoon
Two female or non-breeding male Freckled Ducks on the pink algae choked pond, along with 4 Australian Shovelers.
Terry Doyle and Kathy O’Reilly-Doyle 2/12 #232960
Fri 1Striated Fieldwren
Great Bay (Bruny Island)
Heard a single bird calling from heavy cover in between the road and the beach ~1.2 kilometres south of Whaymans Road at midday. Unfortunately heavy rain and wind meant the bird remained in cover, but the call was independently matched to recordings in situ. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan and Andrea Magnusson 2/12 #232958
highlightRed Knot
Marion Bay--Long Spit
One Red Knot with 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, feeding at the edge of the surf on Marion Bay beach. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 1/12 #232953

November 2017
Tue 28Royal Spoonbill
Sedbury Creek, Marion Bay
Single bird feeding in creek at low tide in company with four Great Egret. In view from the causeway bridge. eBird checklist
Andrew North 28/11 #232926
Mon 27megamegaRufous Whistler (male)
Kent St, Geeveston
Return of the Rufous Whistler. (Last reported Dec 16) I have had daily sightings and confirmation by reputable witnesses. eBird checklist
Ashley Thomson 29/11 #232943
Nankeen Night Heron
Boat Harbour Beach
Sighted near the waters edge perched in a tree at dusk. It then flew down amongst the rocks on the edge of the ocean. This is the first sighting for this location. eBird checklist
Glenn Fletcher 29/11 #232937
Latham’s Snipe
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Single bird roosting in the reeds, north of the hide. eBird checklist
Karen Dick 27/11 #232919
Fri 24Latham's Snipe
Mount Cameron, nr Marrawah
Single bird flushed in dry terrain immediately north of Mount Cameron, west coast. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 24/11 #232878
Thu 23Nankeen Night Heron
Arthur River
Only sightings so far on west coast (Birdata), same creek on Big Bend this year and Oct last year. Bird(s) may have been here for ever but no-one's looking. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 24/11 #232876
Wed 22Blue-winged Parrot
West Coast
Species very thin in recent years but small numbers of birds flushed today at Tiger Creek, Nelson Bay and Sundown Point, all south of Arthur River on west coast. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 24/11 #232877
Sun 19Providence Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Two Providence Petrels sighted south east of Maria Island past the shelf. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and all on board the Pauletta 23/11 #232861
megamegaKermadec Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
One light morph Kermadec Petrel flew close in to the Pauletta allowing good photos and positive identification, possibly the seventh record of this species for Tasmania. [Moderator's note: this is likely to be the 8th record in Tasmania's waters]. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and all on board the Pauletta 23/11 #232860
highlightFlesh-footed Shearwater
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
One Flesh-footed Shearwater sighted; an unusual record for Tas as they are more a temperate and tropical species. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and all on board the Pauletta 23/11 #232859
Sat 18highlightCook's Petrel (8), Gould's Petrel, Mottled Petrel, Buller's Shearwater, Black-bellied Storm Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of today's trip were 8 Cook's Petrel, potentially a record number of this species recorded on any single day in Australian waters, 29 Gould's Petrel, 18 Mottled Petrel, a Buller's Shearwater and a Black-bellied Storm Petrel. Other birds of note include a Soft-plumaged Petrel, White-headed Petrel and Providence Petrel on a day where 7 species of Pterodroma petrel were recorded. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 24/11 #232884
Fri 17highlightCook's Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
3 individual birds seen in offshore and pelagic waters. eBird checklist
Karen Dick and passengers aboard the Pauletta 23/11 #232867
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Tasmanian race, fleayi)
Soaring very high above Crabtree valley at dusk eBird checklist
Ivor Jones 20/11 #232839
Thu 16Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Elderslie Road near Mt Dromedary turnoff
One white morph Grey Goshawk stood on telegraph pole which then flew off and was observed hunting along the tops of hawthorn bushes adjacent to the Jordan River. eBird checklist
Debbie Colbourne and Julian Miles 17/11 #232793
Freckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
18 Freckled Duck, mostly female, on the lagoon early afternoon plus 6 Australian Shoveler. eBird checklist
Derek Barber & Tracey Lambert 16/11 #232783
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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