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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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March 2018
Thu 15Hooded Plover
Eddystone Point (beach on northern side of point)
21 Hooded Plovers counted on beach just north of Eddystone Point Lighthouse, Mount William National Park. Ruddy Turnstones and Red-capped Plovers also found in area. eBird checklist
Scott Roberts 15/3 #233835
White throated Needletail
Eddystone Point
Two seen flying over lighthouse around 11.30 am. eBird checklist
Scott Roberts 15/3 #233834
Sun 11Wedge-tailed Eagle
Quamby Bluff
3 birds circling together in the afternoon. eBird checklist Further information
Geoff Bromfield 12/3 #233801
Sat 10highlightStubble Quail
Campbell Town
eBird checklist
Crosby Lyne 11/3 #233792
Banded Lapwing
Campbell Town
Very late nesting Lapwing. eBird checklist
Crosby Lyne 11/3 #233790
Fri 9megamegaHudsonian Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit
Orielton Lagoon--Greenshank Bay
One of each located in amongst a flock of 50 Bar-tailed Godwits at 4:45pm. The Black-tailed is the continuing bird, and the Hudsonian could be differentiated from both this and the Bar-tailed Godwits by a long, upturned bill reminiscent of a Bar-tailed combined with plumage colouration reminiscent of a Black-tailed, tail colouration similar to black-tailed but with less white on the rump to more black on the tail, a wide white wing bar only through the primaries, and dark axilliaries in the underwing. Subsequently observed by (comparatively) many through the afternoon. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan and Andrea Magnusson. 9/3 #233783
Wed 7highlightNankeen Kestrel
Cape Elie, Robbins Is
Single bird heading over sea in direction of Stanley where a pair are resident. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 7/3 #233767
Tue 6highlightWhimbrel
Near Robbins Is jetty, just east of Cape Elie
10 birds (biggest flock ever for me in Tas) with 21 curlew. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 7/3 #233766
Painted Buttonquail
Walking track from Badger Head to Copper Cove, Narawntapu N.P
1 bird flushed on the way out and 2 at the same spot on the way back. All up 20 other species were recorded with the highlights being: 2 White-brellied Sea Eagles (1 ad/1 imm) 1 Striated Fieldwren, 2 Blue-winged Parrots and ca 30 Dusky Woodswallows, presumably about to cross Bass Strait eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 6/3 #233753
Mon 5highlightSwift Parrot
Adventure Bay
Fledgling making begging calls. eBird checklist
Andrew Hingston 7/3 #233762
Cape Barren Goose
Two Cape Barren Geese in the paddock just south of the Cremorne turn off on the South Arm Highway. Near the Cremorne Exchange 42°57'18.4"S 147°30'23.6"E. eBird checklist
Anne Collins 5/3 #233735
Sat 3highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Two females in northern section of pond on west side of highway. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse 3/3 #233717
highlightGrey Goshawk
Sitting in dead trees on the fringe of the old tip site but is too far away to be able to determine eye colour for age. Definitely a Grey Goshawk which I have not seen previously in this area (nearly 40 years). The area is abundant with birdlife - Galahs, hawks, Green and Eastern Rosellas, wattlebirds, butcherbirds, sparrows, fairywrens, greenfinches, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. Not able to get a meaningful photo but bird is identical to that on the Parks and Wildlife Service website. eBird checklist
Greg Ryan 3/3 #233711
Thu 1White-throated Needletail
'Inala' (Bruny Island - restricted access)
13 birds flying over at 8:30 am. eBird checklist
Andrew Hingston 7/3 #233761

February 2018
Wed 28White-throated Needletail
Mt Nelson Primary School
Close to 200 birds flying over at 1 pm. eBird checklist
Andrew Hingston 7/3 #233760
Tue 27White-throated Needletail
Mt Nelson Primary School
20 birds flying over at 6 pm. eBird checklist
Andrew Hingston 7/3 #233759
highlightGrey-headed Albatross
Green Point Beach
Found dead on beach, half buried by sand. Halfway to Preminghana from Green Point. Have a couple of other photos of the wing and whole body.
Jo Morandin 27/2 #233680
Sun 25Banded Lapwing
Paddock LHS Tasman Hwy just Sth of Kelvedon Beach
About 30 birds present. eBird checklist
Ruth Brozek 25/2 #233659
Sat 24megamegaMasked Woodswallow
Little Musselroe Rd north of Tebrakunna visitor centre.
Approx three birds in a flock of at least 80 White-browed Woodswallows. A few Dusky Woodswallows had joined them as i returned later. eBird checklist
Ruth Brozek 25/2 #233660
Fri 23White-throated Needletail
Two Tree Point (Bruny Island)
At least 12 birds flying over at 4 pm. eBird checklist
Andrew Hingston 7/3 #233757
Nankeen Night Heron
Tamar Island
One heron flying E to W over wetland in drizzly conditions early afternoon. eBird checklist
Ruth Brozek 25/2 #233661
highlightPacific Swift
Noticed a very large group of needletails out the window, ran onto my balcony to get photos and immediately noticed a very dark bird with a hugely forked tail dashing straight through the middle of the main flock. Thrilling enough to see the needletails... a Fork Tail was a very welcome bonus! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 23/2 #233642
Thu 22highlightSwift Parrot
Adventure Bay
A young bird (brown eyes and a short tail) but making adult calls. eBird checklist
Andrew Hingston 7/3 #233758
Wed 21Painted Buttonquail
Underwood, Tasmania
Single female observed pecking at wire fence in a private garden on a rural property in Underwood. Observed for about 20 minutes before it wandered off. eBird checklist Further information
Bob Wickham 22/2 #233625
Sun 18Australian Spotted Crake
North Lagoon, Tamar Island Wetlands
Single bird feeding on muddy area in centre of lagoon. A visitor later said he also saw a spotless crake at the same site. eBird checklist Further information
Geoff Bromfield 19/2 #233612
White-throated Needletail
Table Cape Lighthouse
Seen one bird for a while, then two, then six, then a large flock of about one hundred and fifty birds. Headed toward Stanley. eBird checklist
Michael Hyland 18/2 #233604
White-throated Needletail
8 birds flying SE at approx. 40m altitude. eBird checklist
Col Meyers 18/2 #233603
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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