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Interesting and unusual bird observations
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
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].
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.
Els Wakefield 2/5 #227392
Double-banded Plover
Marion Bay Spit
Three Double-banded Plover were roosting at high tide at Marion Bay Spit.
Els Wakefield 2/5 #227391

April 2016
Thu 28White-bellied Sea Eagle
Cataract Gorge
Flying east over Cataract Gorge Bridge late afternoon.
Russell Twining 29/4 #227350
Cattle Egret
7 km south of Yolla
12 in one flock in dairy paddock and a single bird about 0.5 km south of this flock.
Tom Fletcher & Sandra Lea-Wood 28/4 #227347
Tue 26highlightWhite-necked Heron
A few km east of Marrawah, single bird in a paddock.
eBird checklist
Tom Fletcher 26/4 #227336
Sun 24highlightAustralasian Bittern
Derwent Marshes
One single bittern at about 8 am in full view and watching us from the edge of the river opposite the speed boat ramp. It slowly slunk into the bushes behind the reeds. In the same area were a platypus, two orange-bellied water rats (one swam back towards us and under the kayak giving excellent views), and a Little Penguin! eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Angus McNab 24/4 #227314
Sat 23Blue-billed Duck
Rostrevor Lagoon
Seven Blue-billed Duck at northern end of Rostrevor lagoon in a group of mixed male and female birds. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield 23/4 #227308
Cattle Egret
East Coast Highway
3 Cattle Egrets in field on left traveling south towards Rostrevor Lagoon at 13:25 hrs. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield 23/4 #227306
Fri 22highlightSpotless Crake (2), Spotted Crake (1), Lewin's Rail (1)
Tamar Island Wetlands
Short view of one Spotless Crake near the visitors centre and second one from the hide, brief glimpse of one Spotted Crake and longer views of one Lewin's Rail from the boardwalk around the first bend after the visitors centre. Very good crake and rail habitat at the wetlands at the moment with lots of exposed mud. Apologies for heavily cropped grainy photos. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 22/4 #227297
Wed 20Little Corella
East Devonport
A flock of 35 Little Corellas circling around in East Devonport this morning. Not an unusual species for Tasmania, but not recorded this far west, nor in urban Devonport before. Possibly moving out of the drier rural areas? eBird checklist
John Tongue 20/4 #227266
Tue 19highlightAustralasian Bittern
Tamar Island Wetlands
Observed flying to Tamar Island from an area upstream of the 2nd bridge at the Wetlands. eBird checklist
Helen Cunningham 19/4 #227258
Sun 17Hooded Plover
Eastern end Big Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
Two Hooded Plovers on the beach at dusk - a rare sighting for this beach. eBird checklist
David de Little 18/4 #227244
Thu 14Fluttering Shearwater
Margerys Corner, Bay of Fires
Beach-washed specimen along with Short-tailed cousin.
Richard Ashby, Erica Ashby 15/4 #227219
Tue 5Dusky Woodswallow
Argonaut Rd, St Helens
Flock of approximately 30 birds, feeding on wing & perched in top branches of Eucalypt tree. Observed for about half an hour around 5 pm as they moved through the area. A pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles came past at the same time. Weather conditions blustery and warm with full sunshine. eBird checklist
John Holley 5/4 #227109
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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