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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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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2014
Wed 17Eastern Curlew
Bonnington, Cambridge
Seventeen birds roosting on marshes at Bonnington south of the Spit and Oyster sheds.
Els Wakefield 18/9 #219761
Double-banded Plover
Bonnington, Cambridge
One double-banded Plover in breeding plumage and 33 Red-necked Stint along Spit.
Els Wakefield 18/9 #219760
Mon 15Scrubtit, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Mt Field National Park
Good views of 1x Scrubtit in the Wombat Moors alpine heathland ~1km from Lake Dobson. This seemed unusual habitat than the usual rainforest gullies. 1x Wedge-tailed Eagle seen flying over the Derwent River near New Norfolk enroute to Mt Field.
Jon and Sarah Spicer-Bell 15/9 #219720
Sun 14Swift Parrot
Sisters Beach
Couple of birds heard. Species not seen or heard by me in NW since Dec 2013 despite much Atlassing.
Richard Ashby 16/9 #219731
Wed 10Masked Owl
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
A single bird has been roosting during the day on the 10th, 11th and 12th September in a red gum beside the museum near the traffic lights on the junction of Macquarie and Argyle Steets. Further information
Els Wakefield 16/9 #219734
Mon 8highlightMasked Owl
Sisters Beach Rd
Probable male seen briefly in car headlamps at 1945 in mature eucalypt woodland. Too pale and small for female. Species seen in area previously as roadkill. Could also be Barn Owl but these are very rare in Tasmania.
Richard Ashby 9/9 #219602
Sat 6Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Bicentennial Park (Mount Nelson)
Calling from the gully above Churchill Avenue during a morning field-trip of the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club.
Simon Grove 8/9 #219573
Thu 4highlightMasked Owl (2), Morepork
Ridgeway Park
On the western side of the reservoir at around 1040 hrs, a Masked Owl called and another responded immediately with a screech and trill. After a period of silence, one bird flew over the road towards the reservoir and was lost to sight. Shortly after, the other bird gave another brief trill. Morepork heard calling sporadically from somewhere above Ridgeway from 0945-1145 hrs. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 5/9 #219526
Tue 2highlightSwift Parrot
Cnr Dunne Drive and Big Roaring Beach Road, Surveyors Bay
Three Swift Parrots observed feeding and darting in black gums (ovata). Covey of 6 Brown Quail flushed from long grass on vacant block at same site. Five Welcome swallows sighted 50m from Big Roaring Beach - the first for spring this far south.
Cath de Little 5/9 #219523

August 2014
Sat 30Tree Martin
Alum Cliffs Track (Kingston)
One bird seen above the cliffs overlooking Taroona. Two seen in same area on Sunday 31st.
Simon Grove 31/8 #219470
highlightBlue Petrel, Soft-plumaged Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Salvin's Albatross
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of today's Eaglehawk Neck pelagic were one Blue Petrel, two White-chinned Petrels, one adult Salvin's Albatross, at least one Soft-plumaged Petrel and several White-headed Petrels. I will upload a full report onto the SOSSA website soon. Further information
Nikolas Haass and all on board of the Pauletta 30/8 #219454
Mon 25highlightSwift Parrot
Taroona Park
A few calling from flowering bluegums in park and along foreshore.
Simon Grove 25/8 #219378
Sun 24Little Egret
Narawntapu National Park
Single bird on tidal flats.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 25/8 #219375
Tree Martin
Narawntapu National Park
Handful of birds hunting over the lake, very early.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 25/8 #219373
Sat 23Wedge-tailed Eagle
Bruny Island Main Road (South Island)
2 Wedge-tailed Eagles sitting beside the road. They flew off as we approached; one was clutching a very dark Brush-tailed Possum. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 27/8 #219400
Common Diving Petrel
Bruny Island Cruises Trip ex Adventure Bay
Some only a few metres from the boat on our return trip to Adventure Bay. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 27/8 #219398
highlightAzure Kingfisher
Sisters Beach, NW
Single bird fishing at Sisters Creek footbridge on a low tide.
Richard Ashby 23/8 #219333
Thu 21highlightWhite-necked Heron
Bass Hwy south of Rocky Cape National Park
Single bird flying.
Richard Ashby 21/8 #219308
Wed 20Peregrine Falcon
Riding in a bus near the east end of Davey Street we saw a Peregrine Falcon chasing a small flock of feral pigeons. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 26/8 #219388
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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