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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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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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January 2021
Sat 23Blue-billed Duck
Townsend Lagoon, Lewisham
One adult male on the lagoon.
Els Wakefield 23/1 #259612
Thu 21Latham's Snipe (5)
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
After everyone, myself included, has only seen just the one Snipe at Goulds this season, I was delighted but not surprised when I flushed one from the southern end of the roadside; it pitched down across the South End, so I picked my way along the reeds in search of some close up shots, and... there!! Two Snipes leapt up with loud, indignant quacks, spiralling high into the northern distance... but was that all? No! Silent and low, weaving frantically, yet another Snipe burst out! By now I was getting a little overwhelmed, but still I decided to press on as far as I could to see if any more were there... and there were!! Another two leapt up almost immediately; while one of them shot off towards the hide, I got extremely lucky when the other looped around and mechanically fluttered just above me, right over my head!! This is officially the most Snipe I've had at Goulds since late 2013; indeed, they are an all-time record number for me around here! The day was capped off really nicely by four Dotterels and a Grassbird on top of the Snipe influx... eBird checklist
George Vaughan 21/1 #259606
Wed 20White-bellied Sea Eagle
Badger Head
1 (possibly 2 birds) seen above coastline from the coastal traverse path.
Geoff Bromfield 21/1 #259599
Mon 18Little Pied Cormorant
"Palmerston" Poatina
We'd seen this bird a couple of times on a waterhole but not close up, then tonight Leanne came across it in long grass, we caught it in a landing net, removed the lure and released it on a waterhole.
Bill Scott-Young 18/1 #259587
Sun 17Peregrine Falcon
Three Peregrines tonight with lots of screeching.
Bill Scott-Young 17/1 #259580
Fri 15Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Pair of Black-faced Cuckooshrike feeding a Pallid Cuckoo fledgling.
Bill Scott-Young 15/1 #259560
Wed 13Peregrine Falcon
"Palmerston" Poatina
A pair flew low over my house tonight, this is the third time I've seen them in the last week, possibly hunting to feed young.
Bill Scott-Young 13/1 #259557
Tue 12White-throated Needletail (35)
Lune Plain
Sighting of 35 needletails at 4:10 pm, no swifts.
Els Wakefield per Mona Loofs-Samorzewski. 12/1 #259544
Sun 10Bar-tailed Godwit
Boltons Beach, east coast Tasmania, north of Triabunna
Lone bird in among flock of Silver Gulls and Pacific Gulls. Video x 4 available. eBird checklist
Robin Banks 12/1 #259543
Tue 5Long-billed Corella
Dru Point Bicentennial Park, Margate
Three birds (an adult and 2 fledglings) landed on a low branch to feed the fledglings.
Suzanne Hedgecott 6/1 #259506
Mon 4Wedge-tailed Eagle
Lake Leake Hwy, 3 kms beyond Lake Leake on way to Campbell Town
2 birds circling high above the forest (1600 hrs).
Geoff Bromfield 5/1 #259503
Sun 3highlightSwift Parrot
Black River Campground
Two heard (possibly more), one observed preening. Between Sites 1 - 2. eBird checklist
Rodger Willows 3/1 #259490
Fri 1Nankeen Night Heron
Tamar Island Wetlands (1600 hrs)
Single bird flying for a few seconds around the visitors' centre
Geoff Bromfield 1/1 #259485

December 2020
Thu 31Brown Goshawk
Jennyfield, Bridgenorth
Single bird observed for several minutes gliding above (1800 hrs). Large size suggested a female.
Geoff Bromfield 1/1 #259480
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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