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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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April 2021
Mon 12megamegaTerek Sandpiper
Tamar Island
Continuing bird seen on handrail of jetty. eBird checklist
Mike Barrow 13/4 #260008
Grey Goshawk, white morph
Spotted on our deck railing. We live close to Northeast Park.
Maree Grace 12/4 #260005
Sun 11highlightFreckled Duck
Country Club Casino, Launceston
Two birds, a male and a female, lurking under the dis-used footbridge, but flushed out onto open water.
John and Shirley Tongue 11/4 #259999
Fri 9highlightPink-eared Duck
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Solitary bird with Royal Spoonbill, Great and Cattle Egrets. Ten species of duck at this excellent site, only visible from private farmland to north.
Richard Ashby 10/4 #259996
Tue 6Double-banded Plover
River flats at Kelso
At least 25 birds present. Also 25+ Red-capped Plover, 20+ Red-necked Stint, 25+ Sooty Oystercatcher, 25+ Pied Oystercatcher and 2 White-fronted Chats. 1530-1700 hrs, incoming tide.
Geoff Bromfield 7/4 #259987
Rainbow Lorikeet
York Street Reserve, Wynyard
Pair of birds, one guarding nest hole, the other bullying a seemingly-discombobulated Green Rosella. Adjacent tree hole occupied by beehive. Lorikeets now common in Wynyard.
Richard Ashby 6/4 #259982
Mon 5Blue-winged Parrot
Cape Portland (partial restricted access)
Flock of 40+ birds. Numerous birds calling of a night flying overhead.
Shane Pinner 5/4 #259978
Sun 4Cattle Egret
Cape Portland (partial restricted access)
Solitary bird at 07.30, then a flock of approximately 30 birds appeared at 16.30 in the paddocks.
Shane Pinner 4/4 #259977

March 2021
Wed 31Wedge-tailed Eagles
Bruny Island (north island)
Mid afternoon, a pair of wedgies seen soaring in a thermal above the hills east of The Duckpond in Barnes Bay.
Suzanne Hedgecott 1/4 #259968
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Peartree Bay, D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Peartree Bay is on the eastern shore of the Coningham Nature Reserve. Late afternoon, adult eagle flew across The Channel from Bruny Island direction and landed in tree top. About half an hour later we saw an adult flying low over the water with a fish in its talons - probably the same bird.
Suzanne Hedgecott 1/4 #259967
Tue 30Golden Whistler
Sandy Bay, near University
Saw a flock of Black-headed Honeyeaters in my neighbour's eucalypt yesterday morning and noticed a larger grey bird with them. Didn't get great views before it flew off but confirmed it was either a female or immature Golden Whistler. Have seen the species here twice previously in ten years.
Ian Lundy 31/3 #259966
megamegaTerek Sandpiper
Tamar Island
Single bird at high tide roost spot on Tamar Island. Nearby in a dead tree was an immature White-bellied Sea Eagle.
Geoff Bromfield 30/3 #259965
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Just past Lilydale this morning just after 10 am very large eagle on side of road. Predominantly white with brown wings. Pulled up to get photo but it flew up into tree getting out of range for clear photos.
Keli Pearn 30/3 #259962
Mon 29Welcome Swallow
Flowerdale nr Wynyard
c. 100 birds feeding over small (0.6 ha) farm dam obviously in readiness for northward migration.
Richard Ashby 29/3 #259960
Fri 26Grey Goshawk
Rose Bay
Flew past our window yesterday. This morning it landed on the balcony railing outside the kitchen window at 0900 hrs.
Krista Allison 26/3 #259938
Thu 25highlightSpotless Crake
Huon Riverside walking track at Franklin
3 birds seen, darting out from beneath boardwalk.
Allan Patman 25/3 #259934
megamegaTerek Sandpiper
Tamar Island Wetlands
Terek Sandpiper sitting possibly on the same post today at 1030 hrs as reported Wednesday last week. Tide was highish.
Gilbert Langfield 25/3 #259932
Tue 23Blue-winged Parrot
Cape Portland (partial restricted access)
Eight birds landed on fence. Flocks of 30 birds flying overhead.
Shane Pinner 23/3 #259920
Sun 21Blue-winged Parrot
Cape Queen Elizabeth Track (Bruny Island)
Nine Blue-winged Parrot on short vegetation at southern edge of lagoon.
Els Wakefield and Mona Looft-Samorzewski 22/3 #259911
Sat 20Blue-billed Duck
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
Single female feeding in the shallows just out from the campervan overnight area.
John and Shirley Tongue 20/3 #259898
Wed 17megamegaTerek Sandpiper
Tamar Island Wetlands
Single bird on post at end of boardwalk past bbq shelter. Present during high tide.
Els Wakefield 22/3 #259909
Peregrine Falcon
Stephensdale Drive - Ridgeview Crescent, Riverside.
For the last week a pair have been patrolling a circuit of bush land around the power lines between these two streets
Matthew Brain 20/3 #259895
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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