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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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November 2017
Fri 10highlightGreat Knot
Swanwick
Single Great Knot still associating with large flock of Bar-tailed Godwit (74). eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski, Karen Dick, Peter Vaughan, Andrea Magnusson 12/11 #232746
Wed 8Painted Buttonquail (5)
Ridgeway Park
Female bird heard calling and subsequently located in short sedge. 4 smaller birds observed crossing track nearby a short while later; photos revealed an adult male with at least two juveniles (I missed the fourth bird). eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 9/11 #232686
Tue 7highlightBlack-tailed Godwit
Orielton Lagoon
Everyone's favourite Black-tailed Godwit still present to cap a great day's wader watching!
George and Michael Vaughan 7/11 #232663
highlightRed Knot
Orielton Lagoon
Two birds in amongst the Greenshanks and another Curlew Sandpiper at Greenshank Corner.
George and Michael Vaughan 7/11 #232662
highlightCurlew Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
One observed among Golden Plovers and Stints. Diagnostic white rump noted and photographed.
George and Michael Vaughan 7/11 #232661
highlightGreat Knot
Swanwick
In a great day's birding, we located the previously reported Great Knot among a large flock of Godwits on the beach directly below the Swanwick township. Also present were several Hooded Plovers, plenty of Stints and what seemed to be a few Sanderlings as well. Knot photo taken through scope.
George and Michael Vaughan 7/11 #232657
Mon 6Painted Buttonquail
Dolphin Sands
Very surprised to see a female Painted Buttonquail crouched on the roadside heading along the road upon Dolphin Sands. I leapt out of the car and got a short, clear view as the bird raced into thicker scrub, showing its beautiful chestnut back in the process.
George and Michael Vaughan 6/11 #232652
Sat 4highlightEastern Curlew
West Beach, Stanley
31 birds on sandspit 500 m offshore. Also 11 Bar-tailed Godwit at entrance to West Inlet with 200-300 Red-necked Stint.
Richard Ashby 7/11 #232655
Australasian Shoveler
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Two adults with four small chicks seen swimming near the hide on Saturday morning.
Els Wakefield per Tassar Hayward, Karen Tie and Scott Linnane. 5/11 #232646
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Queechy Lake
Adult spotted flying low over houses along Queechy Lake Rd at 11.45am heading towards the lake. eBird checklist
Robyn & Alex Lagodzki 4/11 #232613
Fri 3highlightSwift Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet
Gutteridge Gardens, Wynyard
About 6 Swift Parrots feeding on blossom of big Euc. globulus near the wharf and near the swamp boardwalk. 1 Rainbow Lorikeet in the blue gum near the wharf feeding but silent! eBird checklist
David James 3/11 #232605
Thu 2highlightBlack-tailed Godwit
Orielton Lagoon--Greenshank Bay
One Black-tailed Godwit with 40 Bar-tailed Godwit and 9 Greenshank. This is the third consecutive summer this species (possibly the same bird) has been seen at Orielton. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 4/11 #232620
Wed 1Australian Spotted Crake
Tamar Island Wetlands
1 bird seen on the North Lagoon. eBird checklist
David James 3/11 #232604

October 2017
Mon 30highlightGreat Knot (3), Red Knot (4)
Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve--River and Rocks Rd
3 Great Knot and 4 Red Knot among the Bar-tailed Godwit perched on a sand bar opposite River and Rocks Rd. Identity has been confirmed with photos. GPS -42.0910, 148.232 eBird checklist
Graeme Bullock per Els Wakefield 31/10 #232558
Sun 29Blue-billed Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
One male and one female Blue-billed Duck together near hide at 5:45 pm. Obvious pair making bobbing movements together. eBird checklist
Els wakefield 29/10 #232519
Sat 28Australasian Shoveller
Queechy Lake
Female with three ducklings (? Spades!) this morning - first time we've seen them in Tassie. eBird checklist
Rodger Willows and Alison Roach 28/10 #232501
Thu 26Blue-billed Duck
Gould's Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Adult male bird observed diving for around 5 minutes between the hide and the south western corner of the lagoon, at around 4:15pm. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan and Terry Walker 26/10 #232482
Wed 25highlightCommon Sandpiper
Shoreline at bottom of Jetty Rd, Cygnet
Flew towards sailing club. eBird checklist
Paul Ashley 26/10 #232477
Banded Lapwing
Seymour
2 adult birds observed in a paddock approx. 600m south of Seymour turnoff (western side of road). eBird checklist
Liz Znidersic 25/10 #232465
Mon 23White-bellied Sea Eagle
South Cape Rivulet
Pair of mature birds and chicks in stick nest. On opposite side of rivulet looking down on campsite. So loud. eBird checklist
Kerrin Huxley 24/10 #232457
Sat 21megamegaRose-crowned Fruit Dove
Stieglitz
Window strike (dead) Rose-crowned Fruit Dove juvenile. Found by Martyn Gault 2 doors away from my house. Previous records in Tasmania are few. Of note record adult in Devonport 2016 (Jon Petterson). No known local aviculture holding this species.
Liz Znidersic Martyn Gault 25/10 #232462
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