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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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The Fairy Tern Monitoring Group has asked that if anyone is aware of nesting Fairy Terns (i.e. a colony hidden away on a sandbank somewhere) to contact Chris Chandler, email

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

January 2015
Thu 29highlightLatham's Snipe
Duck R Estuary, Smithton
c30 birds flushed from saltmarsh on east bank, just north of township.
Richard Ashby 29/1 #222017
Mon 26Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
15 birds found in the Eastern portion of the lake, near where the Pied Stilt family was recently reported, and observed again today.
John and Shirley Tongue 26/1 #221978
Little and Long-billed Corellas
Bulk Stockfeed Centre, Carrick
At least 200 Corellas in two main flocks - one near Stock Feed facility, and one across the Bass Highway. Mostly Long-billed Corellas, but some Littles mixed in. Corellas at this site seem to be undergoing a dramatic increase in numbers, especially the Long-bills.
John and Shirley Tongue 26/1 #221977
Sun 25Blue-billed Duck
Rostrevor Lagoon, N of Triabunna
Total of six male and six female adult Blue-billed Duck. Observed this afternoon on the lagoon at various locations,some singles and some in small groups. Sometimes mixed in with Hardhead Duck. Viewed from roadside west of the lagoon.
Els Wakefield 25/1 #221952
Sat 24Red-necked Stint
Northern end of Southport Lagoon
Nine Red-necked Stints were observed foraging on tidal flats along with 8 Red-capped Plovers and two Hooded Plovers.
Cath de Little 30/1 #222021
Fri 23Royal Spoonbill
Queechy Lake
Approximately four Royal Spoonbills nesting in trees at Queechy Lake.
Helen Cunningham 23/1 #221919
highlightBlack-winged Stilt
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
Two adults with two juveniles on the eastern most lake just east of the walkway between the lakes.
Els Wakefield and Karen Dick 23/1 #221916
Thu 22highlightSwift Parrot
Mulgrave St, South Launceston
Approx. 50 Swift Parrots feeding in a flowering eucalypt. Most appeared to be immature birds.
Des Wingfield 22/1 #221891
Wed 21Great Crested Grebe, Hardhead
St Helens, STW (Georges Bay)
6 Grebes and 2 Hardhead seen on the water of the pond visible from the Binalong Bay Rd. Large number (200?) of Aust Shelduck loafing on the banks of the pond.
Tom Wilson 25/1 #221949
Cape Barren Goose
Falmouth Swamp
8 geese feeding in the paddock beyond the swamp (north of entry road into Falmouth) approx 10:30am.
Tom Wilson 25/1 #221948
highlightPacific Swift (5)
Margate, Tabors Road
At about 8.30pm at the start of our evening walk, we were alerted to 5 birds calling overhead. Without binoculars we were uncertain but suspected Pacific Swift. This was confirmed after returning home and listening to their call on an app.
Rob and Vicki Hamilton 21/1 #221888
Mon 19megamegaFreckled Duck (40)
Queechy Lake
40 Freckled Ducks - northern end - flushed from willows. Also Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Shovellers, Hardheads etc. [Moderator's note: this is the largest number of Freckled Ducks seen at one site since the species began to appear in Tasmania nearly two years ago and suggests that the influx may still be occurring. PB]
Rodger Willows and Alison Roach 19/1 #221852
Sat 17Blue-billed Duck
Copper Ck, Hopeless Plains, south of Smithton.
11 birds incl 4 immatures on farm dam between Edith Ck and Irishtown. Also 120 Pacific Gulls 10km from nearest salt water.
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton 18/1 #221845
highlightLatham's Snipe
Duck River Estuary, Smithton
16 birds flushed from saltmarsh, with 4 Golden Plover, on east bank just north of township.
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton 18/1 #221844
Fri 16Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Waterworks Reserve (Dynnyrne/Ridgeway)
Observed two Grey Goshawks active in the bush above the loos at this site. One was carrying the remains of what may be a Ringtail Possum. Both calling and very active.
John & Sue O'Malley 17/1 #221832
highlightStraw-necked Ibis
Boat Harbour
Single bird in a field above Boat Harbour Beach.
Michael Parsons 16/1 #221823
Wed 14highlightEastern Ground Parrot, Brown Quail, Southern Emu-wren, Striated Fieldwren
Ocean Beach Road, Strahan
Walk along the road adjacent to the airport runway approx 6:45am produced 2 Ground Parrot and 1 Brown Quail, flushed from roadside vegetation. Emu-wren and Fieldwrens calling and showing well in the heath to the N and NE of the airport runway. Also Brown Falcon and Swamp Harriers seen hunting over the heath and Brush Bronzewings feeding on the road just before the beach car park.
Tom Wilson 25/1 #221945
Mon 12highlightMasked Owl
Seen in Old Bernies Road, just past Tabors Road junction in small section of the road where we regularly see small bats at dusk. It gave a small shriek as it flew into the open above the road, then landed in a roadside tree. After locating it, we had a short look with the spotlight before it moved away.
Rob and Vicki Hamilton 12/1 #221764
Sun 11Blue-winged Parrot, Tawny Crowned Honeyeater
Arthur-Pieman Conservation area; north of Arthur River
2 Blue-winged Parrots flushed from side of road just south of park entry on C214 (between Marrawah and Arthur River). 4 Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters seen at Bluff Hill Point about 1/2 way along road between C214 and lighthouse.
Tom Wilson 25/1 #221944
Cattle Egret
Fords Plain Dam, Rocky Cape
Two birds roosting with Great Cormorant and White-faced Heron, one bird with a bit of rust on head and breast. Early arrivals? Late leavers? Oversummering? Peregrine Falcon flew through. Surprisingly, no ducks, even before the Peregrine arrived.
Richard Ashby 11/1 #221741
Tue 6Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Bass Hwy, Wynyard
Dirty, dishevelled bird attempting to feed on roadkill.
Richard Ashby 18/1 #221843
Sun 4Swift Parrot
At least three feeding in a flowering non-native eucalypt in the garden just across the old Midland highway from the pub at Pontville; several others heard in the vicinity. Owner of garden says that they're a regular in her planted flowering gums at this time of year.
Simon Grove 4/1 #221607
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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