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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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March 2017
Sun 26White-throated Needletail
Mountain River
Flock of > 50 needletails.
Dejan Stojanovic 27/3 #230480
Sat 25Musk Duck
Dru Point (Margate)
A solitary female Musk Duck on water at mouth of NW Bay river.
Els Wakefield 28/3 #230501
Cattle Egret
Meredith's Orchard Dam
Four Cattle Egrets flew off from the dam behind Meredith's shop at Margate at 1400 hrs.
Els Wakefield 28/3 #230498
highlightSwift Parrot
Lake St Claire NP
Flocks of ~30 Swift Parrots feeding on seeding celery top pine.
Dejan Stojanovic 27/3 #230481
highlightWhite-faced Storm Petrel
Sisters Beach
Few days old beach-washed specimen, first time on this beach in 20y obs.
Richard Ashby, Erica Ashby 25/3 #230466
Tue 21highlightFreckled Duck
Old Mac's Farm and Fishery (Norwood - restricted access)
Three Freckled Ducks swimming together in the pond in front of Stonesthrow Cafe, Norwood. eBird checklist
Charlie Price and Helen Cunningham 21/3 #230442
highlightPink-eared Duck
Queechy Lake
One Pink-eared Duck, located with a group of Eurasian Coots. eBird checklist
Charlie Price and Helen Cunningham 21/3 #230441
Mon 20Little Corella
Mountain River
One Little Corella with 4 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.
Dejan Stojanovic 27/3 #230479
Sat 18Kelp Gull
SW Coast south of Cape Sorell
Single birds seen at Gorge Point and near Albina Rock. Pacific Gull numbers similarly thin but buckets of Silver Gulls, Forest Ravens and White-faced Herons.
Richard Ashby 21/3 #230438
Fri 17Ground Parrot
Liberty Ck, Macquarie Harbour to Gorge Pt, SW Coast
Pair and singles flushed on five occasions during crossing of peninsula. Ideal habitat for species.
Richard Ashby 21/3 #230437
megamegaBlack-tailed Godwit (1)
Orielton Lagoon
One Black-tailed Godwit still with with 57 Bar-tailed Godwit at Midway Point end of causeway. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 18/3 #230415
highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Two ducks, one male and one female st 15:43 today on a clump of vegetation in the south west end of the lagoon.
Els Wakefield 17/3 #230403
Thu 16highlightWhite-necked Heron
Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve--Flacks Rd
Single bird flying in an easterly direction.
Liz Znidersic and Nat Walter 19/3 #230422
Brown Goshawk, Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Punchbowl, Launceston, Tasmania
One young Brown Goshawk in my garden, landed on the rabbit hutch I keep quail in. Two white morph Grey Goshawk during my walk in Punchbowl Reserve. Identification made with aid from book by Neville Cayley: What Bird is That?
Paula Dos Santos 18/3 #230411
Grey-tailed Tattler
Picnic Point, Ulverstone
A single Grey-tailed Tattler hanging out with a single Ruddy Turnstone around the rocks at the point.
John and Shirley Tongue 16/3 #230391
Blue-billed Duck
Farm Dam, South Riana
At least two adult male Blue-billed Ducks, and then in another part of the dam, a female with 7 ducklings.
John and Shirley Tongue 16/3 #230390
Wed 15White-throated Needletail
Snug Falls carpark
About 20 birds flying low over the nearby trees and road at 11:15am.
Alan and Wendy Pilkington and Els Wakefield 15/3 #230380
Sun 12Grey Goshawk
Blackmans Bay
Landed in my garden for a few minutes before heading towards beach.
David Boehme 12/3 #230340
Sat 11highlightCape Barren Goose
Hadspen - dam by Bass Highway
72 Cape Barren Geese at the 'regular' dam, where usually just a couple hang out. Also, 97 Maned Duck, and quite a few feral geese and Tasmanian Native Hens..
Shirley Tongue 12/3 #230337
Mon 6highlightAzure Kingfisher
Verona Sands
An injured bird from Verona Sands in care with Robyn Gates and feeding well so may survive.
Els Wakefield and Robyn Gates 6/3 #230287
Sun 5highlightAustralasian Gannet (breeding)
The Hippolyte, Tasman Peninsula
Following on from Paul Brooks's report of four chicks on Feb 18, seven or possibly eight chicks were visible on the rock yesterday. Important as the Hippolytes have not been a known breeding site for the species.
Karen Dick 6/3 #230284
Wed 1Grey Goshawk (white morph)
West Moonah, Tasmania
Sat in the yard for sometime, seemingly stalking a wattlebird. Flew SE.
Sally Eastwood 1/3 #230238

February 2017
Mon 27Blue-billed Duck
Lake Crescent
One and possibly two females with 5 half grown ducklings near the boat ramp. First reported by Terry Byard of Inland Fisheries and confirmed by Stewart Blackhall and Robbie Gaffney during a waterbird survey of the area.
Stewart Blackhall 28/2 #230233
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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