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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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October 2015
Sun 4highlightSwift Parrot
Bicentennial Park, Ulverstone
At least 20 birds seen by members of CN Field Naturalists. Between last report on 18th September and today the following were also recorded around Ulverstone: 3 at River Rd on 25 Sept; c.10 at Golf Course 27 Sept; 2 x 2 at Reid St Reserve 27 Sept; c.20 at Bicentennial Park on 27 Sept; heard flying over Reid St Reserve on 30 Sept; 7 or 8 birds flew up River Road on 2 Oct; 12 seen coming out of one tree in Bicentennial Park (c.20) on 3 Oct.
Hazel Britton, Alison Parks,Pat Ellison 6/10 #224922
highlightAzure Kingfisher
Bird on fallen tree spanning Inglis R 1km downstream from Bass Hwy. Handful of Swift Parrots nearby. Also water rat.
Richard Ashby 4/10 #224878
highlightFreckled Duck
Queechy Lake
At least 35 birds, most flushed from under willows on island by Swamp Harrier that seemed to attack a Spoonbill (half heartedly) and then fly though the trees flushing all the ducks roosting. The Freckled Duck count was only 20 before he arrived! eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 4/10 #224873
Fairy Tern
Scamander Barway
Michelle Turner 4/10 #224868
Sat 3highlightSwift Parrot
Southwest coast of King Island, Cataraqui Monument
Four birds seen flying north.
Mona and Meika Loofs Samorzewsi 3/10 #224863
Fri 2highlightPink-eared Duck (4)
Tamar Island Wetlands
4 birds sheltering from wind, seen from bridge 1. (Photo 2 of the 4 birds).
Ed Pierce 2/10 #224851
highlightBanded Lapwing
B51, Poatina area
2 roadside then 2 more a bit further up the road chasing Brown Falcons from area. (big cropped photo). eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 2/10 #224849

September 2015
Wed 30highlightPink-eared Duck
Smithton sewage ponds
A single bird slightly away from other ducks.
Eric Hiller and Bill Kerr 1/10 #224834
Tue 29highlightPink-eared Duck (2)
Tamar Island Wetlands, bridge 2
Distant sighting. Large crop to photo.
Ed Pierce 29/9 #224796
Mon 28highlightStubble Quail
A pair of Stubble Quail observed from the cabin of a tractor in long dry grass in the corner of a paddock on property "Ashton" between Saundridge Road and Elphinstone Road.
Bill Scott-Young 28/9 #224776
Sun 27highlightSwift Parrot
Sisters Beach
Seven birds flying through.
Richard Ashby 28/9 #224778
Fri 25highlightLatham's Snipe
30-40 birds flushed from marshy littoral 100m north of playground, east shore of Duck River on Cantara Rd. Other palearctic heard but not seen or identified.
Richard Ashby 26/9 #224744
highlightSwift Parrot
McCains Factory, Smithton.
Handful of birds bullied out of heavily-blossomed Blue Gum by Little Wattlebird.
Richard Ashby 26/9 #224743
Blue-billed Duck
Copper Ck, Hopeless Plains, Irishtown/Edith Ck rd south of Smithton.
Approximately 20 birds, possibly a few more obscured by foliage on farm dam.
Richard Ashby 26/9 #224742
Tue 22highlightSwift Parrot
Small number of birds hanging around euc stands near Burnie Hospital and adjacent truck depot, a regular spring haunt.
Richard Ashby 22/9 #224711
Sun 20highlightBlack-winged Stilt
Tamar Island Wetlands, Launceston
One bird flying north from wetlands south of boardwalk. Has been present in area for a few days.
Els Wakefield 22/9 #224700
Sat 19highlightSwift Parrot
Boat Harbour
Handful of birds in flowering Blue Gums.
Richard Ashby 19/9 #224657
highlightSwift Parrot
Treed blocks around Big Roaring Beach, coastal strip of Big Roaring Beach and Roaring Beach Lagoon
At least 6 swift parrots calling and chattering over whole area, feeding on blossom of Eucalyptus ovata, and seeming to investigate nesting sites of many large stags in area.
Cath de Little 19/9 #224651
Fri 18highlightSwift Parrot
Reid St Reserve, West Ulverstone
3 birds flew at tree level. They landed only for a second before flying off. None of the eucalypts were in flower.
Hazel Britton 18/9 #224648
Thu 17highlightSwift Parrot
Dru Point, Margate
About a dozen or so darting around the tops of trees feeding, chattering and calling.
Ian Turton 20/9 #224663
highlightSwift Parrot
Gordon boat ramp and Verona Sands
In flowering gums. Eight plus at Gordon and at least two at Verona Sands.
David (Lumpy) Milson 17/9 #224638
Wed 16highlightSwift Parrot
Inglis Estuary-Wynyard
Again, small numbers of birds (1-3) at various sites, especially in the flowering Blue Gums at Gutteridge Gardens, where 20y ago 20-25 birds could be seen.
Richard Ashby 16/9 #224616
Tue 15highlightCommon Sandpiper
Fishpond, Ulverstone
A single bird seen in the same locality as previous years. Probably the same bird.
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 15/9 #224603
highlightSwift Parrot
Penguin-Ulverstone coast road.
One, possibly two birds heard.
Richard Ashby 15/9 #224593
highlightSwift Parrot
Romaine Reserve, Burnie
Single bird heard.
Richard Ashby 15/9 #224592
highlightSwift Parrot
Bonnet Hill
Several birds heard calling early this morning.
Keith Reid 15/9 #224591
Mon 14highlightSwift Parrot (3)
Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed driveway, near Dunalley
Swift Parrot heard calling from car. Stopped to find a party of 3 birds feeding in Blue Gums with a pair of Musk Lorikeet.
Elliot Leach; Glen Pacey 14/9 #224586
Sun 13Grey Goshawk
Coastal strip, Big Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
Grey Goshawk observed flying from tree to tree on the coastal strip.
Cath de Little 19/9 #224652
megamegaFairy Martin
Shed 1A, Inspection Head Wharf, Flinders Street, Beauty Point Tasmania 7270
Good views perched at close range and in flight at close range. Rufous head and blue-black back separated by a narrow white band, off-white rump, very slightly forked tail, light underparts. Possibly nesting under the dock on which Seahorse World and Platypus World sit. At least 4 of a possible 12 birds. [Moderator's note: subsequent searches failed to relocate these birds and the record is unconfirmed - PB] eBird checklist
John Brown 14/9 #224578
highlightSwift Parrot
Gawler River (south of Ulverstone)
3 birds in trees along river.
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 13/9 #224567
Sat 12Australasian Shelduck
Lake Llewellyn, Sisters Beach
One pair - first time seen here.
jo weeks 15/9 #224599
Fri 11Latham's Snipe
"Palmerston" Poatina
Single bird flushed from saggy gully by sheepdog. Sea eagle is still hanging around eating dead lambs.
Bill Scott-Young 13/9 #224570
highlightSwift Parrot
Blythe River, Heybridge
Single bird seen and heard in eucalyptus canopy.
Richard Ashby 11/9 #224541
highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
25 Frecked Duck seen today. 12 roosting on reed islands in the south of the main lagoon, 9 near the hide and 4 in the northern end. This is the largest number I have seen since the first few arrived two and a half years ago.
Rob Hamilton 11/9 #224532
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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