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3/12/2013

Moderators' Note

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 chrischandler1959@gmail.com.


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April 2014
Tue 15Blue-Billed DuckGreens Lagoon, Marrawah
Single female. Species seen infrequently in the west.
Richard Ashby 15/4 #217351
Mon 14Cape Barren GooseFalmouth
22 Cape Barren Geese observed feeding in a paddock on the 'Glencoe' property. The birds have been consistently in this paddock for the past 2 weeks. Easily observed from the Tasman Highway, SW of the Falmouth community. (55G 604960 E, 5402796 S)
Liz Znidersic 15/4 #217334
Sun 13Cape Barren GooseMarion Bay
A group of 15 Cape Barren Geese was at the water's edge at the north end of the bay at 1:30pm. They flew off towards Dunalley before I could take a photo. There was a group (quite possibly the same group) in the same area at 3:30pm, again flying off quickly.
Paul Tildesley 13/4 #217296
Fri 11highlightFreckled Duck (2)Four Springs Lake near Selbourne
2 birds with many coots.
Ed Pierce 11/4 #217270
highlightBlack-winged StiltTamar Island Wetlands
Single bird still present.
Ed Pierce 11/4 #217264
highlightFreckled DuckTamar Island Wetlands
Single duck roosting in freshwater lagoon near car park, 9 flew over bridge 2 heading south, 2 seen from bridge 1 to south (could be part of the group that flew over earlier.)
Ed Pierce 11/4 #217263
Tue 8Grey Goshawk (white morph)West Tamar Trail
About half way between Tailrace Park and Kings Bridge. Record photo attached.
Ed Pierce 8/4 #217229
Cape Barren GooseHadspen
2 birds flying low over the road on the Launceston side of Hadspen.
Frank Wilson 8/4 #217226
Sun 6White-fronted ChatMoulting Lagoon Game Reserve (Flacks Road)
45-50 White-fronted Chat not sure if unusual numbers for this area. Also 2 Double-banded Plovers.
Dick Jenkin 7/4 #217213
Eastern CurlewOrielton Lagoon
A pair of Eastern Curlews were feeding at the north end of Orielton Lagoon, in from Shark Point Road, at 8:30 am. They did not stay in one place for long, flying a few circles before landing each time. Also a group of about 30 Australian Shelducks at the water's edge. They were very shy and flew off when I was some distance from them.
Paul Tildesley 6/4 #217157
Sat 5highlightPink-eared Duck (4), Blue-billed Duck (1)Ellesmere Dam (aka Mud Walls Dam)
Four birds roosting with large numbers of shelduck and teal on the western shore of the dam. They were not visible from the road until the mixed flock took to the water after I got out of my car. Also a male Blue-billed Duck, in almost full eclipse plumage, out in the middle of the dam.
Paul Brooks 5/4 #217149
highlightBlack-winged StiltTamar Island Wetlands
Single bird, I am told its been around a while.
Ed Pierce 5/4 #217148
Fri 4Australian Spotted CrakeGoulds Lagoon, Granton
South end of main lagoon.
Brian Nolan 6/4 #217152
Thu 3highlightFreckled DuckNarawntapu National Park
At least 8 ducks, far end of lagoon from hide.
Ed Pierce 3/4 #217113
Wed 2Peregrine FalconSandy Bay Road at Lower Sandy Bay shops
Single bird, probably male, flew over the road at about 6.15 pm, heading inland.
Simon Grove 7/4 #217182
highlightFreckled DuckTamar Island Wetlands
6 ducks (5 in photo), photo taken from second bridge to north, they then flew over bridge to area south of the centre.
Ed Pierce 2/4 #217091

March 2014
Sun 30White-throated NeedletailPieman River, Corinna to Mouth
Just beyond conjunction of Savage and Pieman Rivers, I spotted between 6 and 8 White-throated Needletails swooping and circling overhead.
Cath de Little 7/4 #217205
highlightPied and Sooty OystercatchersShipwreck Point, Perkins Island, NW
Mixed flock of 650 birds, 210 of which were Sooty. Flocks here usually substantial but this is quite generous.
Richard and Erica Ashby. Hazel Britton. 31/3 #217049
highlightLesser Sand PloverShipwreck Point, Perkins Isl, NW
Single bird roosting slightly apart from c3800 other shorebirds of twelve sp.
Richard and Erica Ashby. Hazel Britton. 31/3 #217048
highlightDouble-banded PloverShipwreck Pt, Perkins Island, NW
Probably 1000 birds in a mixed flock of about 3800. Biggest number of this species we've seen in Tasmania.
Richard and Erica Ashby. Hazel Britton. 31/3 #217047
Banded Lapwing (26)Kempton
At least 26 birds in a rocky, dusty field by the Midland Hwy opposite Kempton. Caught a glimpse of these birds while driving past on Thursday but couldn't stop so came up for a better look today.
Paul Brooks 30/3 #217033
White-throated NeedletailSandy Bay
Single bird flying north at 1050 hrs. Warmish and quite humid with cloudy skies. Followed closely by two Dusky Woodswallows; first time I've recorded this species from my yard. Four more woodswallows seen flying north over Dynnyrne at the same time.
Paul Brooks 30/3 #217007
highlightSwift ParrotTaroona Crescent, Taroona
Four birds flying over at 11.15 am, heading north.
Simon Grove 30/3 #217002
Sat 29highlightPink-eared DuckEllesmere Dam (Mud Walls Dam)
4 ducks, also seen on 30th march.
Ed Pierce 6/4 #217156
Fri 28Nankeen Night HeronOld Hospital Creek, Wynyard
Single bird flushed from riverine vegetation. Despite fortnightly visits by me these birds seem to show themselves only in the presence of 'The Night Heron Whisperer', Hazel Britton.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 29/3 #216961
highlightPossible Forty-spotted PardaloteUniversity of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
A work colleague, who has some interest in birds, reported seeing two Forty-spotted Pardalotes today at lunch time by the side of College Road, next to the CSIRO turn off. She passed my differentiation between immature Spotted Pardalote test. Upon investigation myself, although I didn't see or hear any, I did note that there is a small stand of E. viminalis amongst the blue gums at exactly this site.
Jeremy O'Wheel 28/3 #216951
Thu 27White-throated NeedletailFive Mile Road, Flinders Island
Five or six birds swooping around overhead under low cloud following several hours of rain arising from a deep trough lingering over NE Tasmania.
Simon Grove 29/3 #216979
Tue 25highlightBrown FalconGawler, south of Ulverstone
At least 21 Brown Falcons in ploughed paddock on hillside. Birds seen taking food from the ground, hovering and flying low, but mostly standing on the ground.
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 25/3 #216932
Sun 23highlightForty-spotted PardaloteMoulting Lagoon Game Reserve
Small group of about 3 birds at the Greening Australia site just off main road about half way between Coles Bay and Bicheno. [Moderator's note - published as a 'Highlight' due to extreme extra-limital occurrence of a highly restricted species. The report remains unconfirmed but observer is confident of ID].
Rob and Caroline Gully 3/4 #217096
Fri 21highlightForty-spotted PardaloteDouglas Apsley National Park
Very surprised to see a flock of about 20 birds land in a dead tree on the road into the park. [Moderator's note - published as a 'Highlight' due to extreme extra-limital occurrence of a highly restricted species, and large flock number. The report remains unconfirmed but the observer is confident of ID].
Rob and Caroline Gully 3/4 #217098
April 2014
Fri 11highlightFreckled Duck (2)Four Springs Lake near Selbourne
2 birds with many coots.
Ed Pierce 11/4 #217270
highlightBlack-winged StiltTamar Island Wetlands
Single bird still present.
Ed Pierce 11/4 #217264
highlightFreckled DuckTamar Island Wetlands
Single duck roosting in freshwater lagoon near car park, 9 flew over bridge 2 heading south, 2 seen from bridge 1 to south (could be part of the group that flew over earlier.)
Ed Pierce 11/4 #217263
Sat 5highlightPink-eared Duck (4), Blue-billed Duck (1)Ellesmere Dam (aka Mud Walls Dam)
Four birds roosting with large numbers of shelduck and teal on the western shore of the dam. They were not visible from the road until the mixed flock took to the water after I got out of my car. Also a male Blue-billed Duck, in almost full eclipse plumage, out in the middle of the dam.
Paul Brooks 5/4 #217149
highlightBlack-winged StiltTamar Island Wetlands
Single bird, I am told its been around a while.
Ed Pierce 5/4 #217148
Thu 3highlightFreckled DuckNarawntapu National Park
At least 8 ducks, far end of lagoon from hide.
Ed Pierce 3/4 #217113
Wed 2highlightFreckled DuckTamar Island Wetlands
6 ducks (5 in photo), photo taken from second bridge to north, they then flew over bridge to area south of the centre.
Ed Pierce 2/4 #217091

March 2014
Sun 30highlightPied and Sooty OystercatchersShipwreck Point, Perkins Island, NW
Mixed flock of 650 birds, 210 of which were Sooty. Flocks here usually substantial but this is quite generous.
Richard and Erica Ashby. Hazel Britton. 31/3 #217049
highlightLesser Sand PloverShipwreck Point, Perkins Isl, NW
Single bird roosting slightly apart from c3800 other shorebirds of twelve sp.
Richard and Erica Ashby. Hazel Britton. 31/3 #217048
highlightDouble-banded PloverShipwreck Pt, Perkins Island, NW
Probably 1000 birds in a mixed flock of about 3800. Biggest number of this species we've seen in Tasmania.
Richard and Erica Ashby. Hazel Britton. 31/3 #217047
highlightSwift ParrotTaroona Crescent, Taroona
Four birds flying over at 11.15 am, heading north.
Simon Grove 30/3 #217002
Sat 29highlightPink-eared DuckEllesmere Dam (Mud Walls Dam)
4 ducks, also seen on 30th march.
Ed Pierce 6/4 #217156
Fri 28highlightPossible Forty-spotted PardaloteUniversity of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
A work colleague, who has some interest in birds, reported seeing two Forty-spotted Pardalotes today at lunch time by the side of College Road, next to the CSIRO turn off. She passed my differentiation between immature Spotted Pardalote test. Upon investigation myself, although I didn't see or hear any, I did note that there is a small stand of E. viminalis amongst the blue gums at exactly this site.
Jeremy O'Wheel 28/3 #216951
Tue 25highlightBrown FalconGawler, south of Ulverstone
At least 21 Brown Falcons in ploughed paddock on hillside. Birds seen taking food from the ground, hovering and flying low, but mostly standing on the ground.
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 25/3 #216932
Sun 23highlightForty-spotted PardaloteMoulting Lagoon Game Reserve
Small group of about 3 birds at the Greening Australia site just off main road about half way between Coles Bay and Bicheno. [Moderator's note - published as a 'Highlight' due to extreme extra-limital occurrence of a highly restricted species. The report remains unconfirmed but observer is confident of ID].
Rob and Caroline Gully 3/4 #217096
Fri 21highlightForty-spotted PardaloteDouglas Apsley National Park
Very surprised to see a flock of about 20 birds land in a dead tree on the road into the park. [Moderator's note - published as a 'Highlight' due to extreme extra-limital occurrence of a highly restricted species, and large flock number. The report remains unconfirmed but the observer is confident of ID].
Rob and Caroline Gully 3/4 #217098
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