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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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May 2016
Fri 20Spotted Quailthrush
Elephant Pass
One bird seen feeding on the verge of the road.
Frank and Lennice Wilson 22/5 #227570
Wed 18highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Six Freckled Ducks - one male with red breeding spot on bill. Resting in company with Australasian Shovelers and Hardheads. eBird checklist
Peter Tyler and Helen Peters 19/5 #227528
Sat 14highlightSwift Parrot
Dru Point (Margate)
eBird checklist Further information
Scott Linnane 14/5 #227481
Fri 13megamegaRose-crowned Fruit Dove
Bird observed resting and feeding in same holly tree as previous report (06/05/2016). eBird checklist
Els Wakefield, Mona Loofs-Samorzewski and Paul Brooks 13/5 #227478
Tue 10Black Kite (unconfirmed)
Flying very low and being harassed by Forest Ravens was a bird that I first thought was a Wedge-tailed Eagle. As I got closer (driving) it became obvious it was not a Wedge-tailed, nor a White-bellied Sea Eagle or either of the two harriers. The tail had a distinctive fork which led me to the conclusion that it was possibly a Black Kite. The size was between a Wedge-tailed Eagle and a Swamp Harrier although it was substantially larger than any harrier I have seen. [Moderator's note: this report is unconfirmed but observers should be on the lookout for a bird matching the description in the area - PB] eBird checklist
Rod Huett 11/5 #227458
Sun 8highlightWestland Petrel, Southern Fulmar and Arctic Tern
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Singles of Westland Petrel, Southern Fulmar and Arctic Tern were the highlights of today's Eaglehawk trip. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 8/5 #227443
Fri 6megamegaRose-crowned Fruit Dove
After a resident, Jon Pettersson, reported to Birdline-Aus what he thought was some sort of fruit dove, that report was passed along to me. We made contact with Jon who said he'd not seen it for some days, but would keep an eye out for it. On Fri 6th, he rang to say it was sitting quietly and very well hidden in his Holly bush. We went to look, and after some searching, located it in the Holly, just before it flew across the road into a partly bare Liquidamber tree. Some observations made and photos taken before it moved off - did not see whether it flew, or moved further into foliage. It had no leg bands, but enquiries are being made to see whether the provenance of this bird can be determined. Previous (rare) reports seem to have been from late April or early May. eBird checklist
John and Shirley Tongue 7/5 #227424
Tue 3Forty-spotted Pardalote
Liverpool St (overlooking Hobart Rivulet)
At approx 0830 hrs today my partner and I sighted two Forty-spotted Pardalotes flitting about in a fruit tree approx 10 feet away from my upstairs bathroom window. They were among a group of Silvereyes, feasting on apples and insects. We had a clear view of them, although it only lasted 20 seconds (too quick for me to grab my camera). Checked our Tasmanian bird book which confirmed 100% what we had seen. [Moderator's Note - an unusual location for this species if the sighting could be corroborated]. eBird checklist
Sarah Charlton 3/5 #227397
Sun 1highlightHooded Plover
Marion Bay Spit
Three Hooded Plover chicks were feeding along the shoreline at Marion Bay Spit, one in sub-adult plumage which looked interesting. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield 2/5 #227392
Double-banded Plover
Marion Bay Spit
Three Double-banded Plover were roosting at high tide at Marion Bay Spit. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield 2/5 #227391
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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