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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.

November 2014
Mon 24Black Swan (breeding)
Roaring Beach Lagoon
A pair of Black Swans with five cygnets was observed on the lagoon. In nine years of observations at this site, this is the first sighting of a breeding pair.
Cath de Little 24/11 #221014
Swift Parrot, Bar-tailed Godwit
Bir Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
Five Swift Parrots observed flying between two young blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) in flower, with their unmistakable chattering and calling. A lone Bar-tailed Godwit was ramming its bill into the wet tidal sand; only the second sighting on this beach, first in 2006.
Cath de Little 24/11 #221013
Sun 23highlightLathams Snipe
Hydro Bay, Arthurs Lake
At least a dozen birds disturbed while walking across the marsh leading down to the lake.
Bill Scott-Young 23/11 #220996
Sat 22highlightSwift Parrot
Tatnells Hill, above Waterfall Bay, Tasman Peninsula
Perhaps forty or so Swift Parrots in very active and noisy small parties among the wet scrubland by the coastal track on the E side of Tatnells Hill, above the Eucalyptus delegatensis treeline. The birds seemed to be feeding in low vegetation and periodically flying up into the scattered myrtle and other trees. I could never confirm feeding, but the most likely blossoms for them would be Richea dracophylla or Anopterus glandulosus - not exactly typical parrot-food! On the subject of Swift Parrots, those that were around Taroona in the spring have now moved on, but I'm still hearing and seeing those that have been hanging around flowering bluegums at Rosny College and the Rosny Hill TMAG facility for the past few weeks.
Simon Grove 25/11 #221020
highlightSouthern Giant Petrel (white morph), Northern Royal Albatross, Salvin's Albatross etc.
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A beautiful white morph Southern Giant Petrel was one of the highlights of this trip. The bird had clean, white plumage with no dark feathers at all but had dark eyes and bluish feet, so wasn't an albino. Photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton. Other highlights included 2 Northern Royal Albatross, 2 immature Salvin's Albatross, a White-headed Petrel and 5 Parasitic Jaegers, which is a high count for an Eaglehawk trip.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 24/11 #221017
Wed 19highlightBlue-billed Duck
Copper Creek Dam, between Edith Creek and Irishtown
12 birds, possibly more.
Richard Ashby 19/11 #220917
highlightBanded Lapwing
Greens Lagoon, Marrawah
Ten adult birds, one pair with chicks. Also a single male Blue-billed Duck and female Musk Duck among a total of eight sp. of duck.
Richard Ashby 19/11 #220916
Tue 18Banded Lapwing
Narawntapu National Park
Single bird feeding with 14 Masked Lapwings east of NPWS visitor centre.
Frank Wilson 18/11 #220901
Mon 17Eastern Curlew
Narawntapu National Park
7 birds flew up the Rubicon River into North East Arm then started feeding on an almost full tide.
Frank Wilson 18/11 #220900
Sun 16highlightRoyal Spoonbill
Queechy Lake
Two birds in breeding plumage. One 'standing guard', one sitting motionless on a stick nest for the twenty minutes I was observing. If there are eggs under the sitting bird they would not be visible from the viewing platform. Tasmanian breeding record? Australian Reed Warbler calling from reeds.
Richard Ashby 16/11 #220869
Sat 15highlightLewin's Rail
Oyster Cove
Two Lewin's Rail today at Oyster Cove.
Tim Collins, Graham Collins. 15/11 #220837
Fri 14Curlew Sandpiper
Marion Bay
A single Curlew Sandpiper seen today feeding with Red-necked Stints on the edge of the bay just outside the saltmarsh which is adjacent to the causeway. It was best seen from the 90 degree corner beside the houses accross the causeway. Great scope view but only a distant photograph. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton 14/11 #220821
Wed 12highlightCommon Sandpiper (1)
Frenchs Farm, Maria Island
Along creek near Frenchs Farm. Sandpiper with horizontal posture, solid brown back, and white belly that bobbed up and down a lot - characteristic behaviour of the Common Sandpiper.
Ryan Steiner per Paul Brooks 16/11 #220871
Sat 8highlightAzure Kingfisher
Duck River, Smithton
Single bird 1 km upstream of Watsons Corner. Whitebait running.
Richard Ashby 8/11 #220722
Fri 7highlightRoyal Spoonbills
Queechy Lake, Launceston
One pair of Royal Spoonbills in breeding plumage as reported earlier. They were resting in the willows in the middle of the lake, visible from the viewing platform and also from the entrance to Scotch Oakburn Park. They were using a nest - could they be breeding in Tasmania? Also saw one Freckled Duck.
Paul Tildesley 8/11 #220721
Blue-billed Duck
Lake Llewellyn, Sisters Beach
A pair of birds, first time at this site that I can remember.
Richard Ashby 7/11 #220711
Thu 6Hooded Plover
Big Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
Two Hooded Plovers were observed running along the beach near Roaring Beach Lagoon. Our last sighting of Hooded Plovers on this beach was in 2005.
Dave and Cath de Little 7/11 #220706
Wed 5Satin Flycatcher, Swift Parrot, Blue-winged Parrot
Piersons Point
1 flycatcher - first I've seen back. Also at least 6 Swift Parrots and 8 Blue-winged Parrots.
Scott Linnane 5/11 #220672
Bar-tailed Godwit
Marion Bay
15 birds with two smaller companions, as yet unidentified. These have been present for over 2 weeks.
Andrew North 5/11 #220667
Mon 3Latham's Snipe
Lake Dulverton, Oatlands
Pair of birds on eastern causeway.
Richard Ashby 3/11 #220638

October 2014
Fri 31highlightCrested Tern
Great Oyster Bay, Little Swanport
About 1500 birds on oyster racks just upstream of Limekiln Point.
Richard Ashby 3/11 #220639
Thu 30highlightPossible Golden-headed Cisticola
Queechy Lake
Very small golden-headed, golden-backed passerine flew from reeds near viewing platform to low cover on island and was lost to view. Colour too strong for brown/tas thornbills, fieldwren or grassbird. This diagnosis by no means secure but heightened scrutiny by other visitors may be appropriate.
Richard Ashby. 3/11 #220637
highlightFreckled Duck
Queechy Lake
Pair of birds.
Richard Ashby 3/11 #220636
Royal Spoonbill
Queechy Lake
Three birds in breeding plumage.
Richard Ashby 3/11 #220635
Tue 28Swift Parrot
Big Roaring Beach Road, Surveyors Bay
Four Swift Parrots, initially on a eucalypt stage, then flying between crowns of white gums and blue gums.
Cath de Little 29/10 #220521
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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