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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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January 2018
Tue 16highlightMagpie-lark
Arthur Highway cnr Old Jetty Rd, Eaglehawk Neck
Ruth Brozek 16/1 #233324
Sun 14Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Notley Gorge Rd., Bridgenorth
Single (male) bird flew up from a ditch at the roadside. Further information
Geoff Bromfield 15/1 #233314
Mon 8megamegaGlossy Ibis
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Single Glossy Ibis seen on north side of the boardwalk to the observation area approx 2.30pm. Feeding about 20 mt from the shore and looking settled. Revisited approx 5.30 and the bird was looking much less settled, possibly due to the interest it had attracted. It was moving between the original location and the bay in the northern end of the lagoon.
Anne & Graham Collins, Lou and Joan Morrell 8/1 #233247
Sat 6highlightSwift Parrot
Carlton River
The parrot was being harassed by swallows and came onto the deck for some respite. I managed to get a very good look at it before it flew off. No photos sorry.
Colin Merritt 15/1 #233312
Fri 5Australasian Grebe
Mt Nelson private dam
Three immature Australasian Grebes on a large private dam on a Mt Nelson property.
Els Wakefield and Heidi Krajewsky 9/1 #233250
Mon 1Australian Reed Warbler
Flowerdale nr Wynyard
Single bird heard again at same private farm dam as on 3 Dec last year. Sp.rare in western Tas. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 1/1 #233178

December 2017
Sat 30Ground Parrot
North of start of Mt Anne Track along Scotts Peak Dam Rd
One bird called only once but unmistakable. Heard through open passenger side window of car. Bird was calling from thick vegetation over a small creek beside the road at about 4 pm.
Els Wakefield 31/12 #233173
megamegaWhite-browed woodswallow
Waterhouse Conservation Area - Homestead Road
Three individuals along Homestead Road
Karen and Joseph Dick 30/12 #233147
Wed 27highlightErect-crested Penguin
Macquarie Island
An Erect-crested Penguin was photographed among Royal Penguin at Sandy Bay by a Chinese interpreter on a Heritage Expeditions trip. Photos were only produced when back on the boat so all birders (including myself) did not get an opportunity to view the bird (which was among the thousands of other Royal and King Penguin.) Photos confirm identity but I don't have permission to publish.
Rob Hamilton 8/1 #233244
megamegaWhite-browed Woodswallow
Rocky Cape Rd., Rocky Cape NP
9 birds hawking around and over the roadway.
Tom Fletcher, Glenn Fletcher 3/1 #233198
Sun 24Grey Goshawk
Boat Harbour (Sisters Beach Rd.)
One male being chased by ravens.
Glenn Fletcher 24/12 #233115
Sat 23Banded Lapwing
Wesley Vale
Very high number, 20 - 30 birds spread across a ploughed paddock with sheep. Too far for accurate count and they kept flying around. Probably breeding with many juveniles present however too far to see any eggs.
Indra Bone 23/12 #233110
Fri 22highlightCommon Sandpiper
Port Cygnet Sailing Club
Single bird, first reported in October and seen again in early November.
Karen Dick 22/12 #233104
Thu 21New Zealand Scaup, Freckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Probably same bird reported a couple of years ago. Non breeding female present around hide with some shovelers and black ducks. Much smaller than Hardhead with different body shape. Presumed escapee. At least 7 Freckled Ducks present with a male with red bill. [Moderator's note: this bird has been present at Goulds Lagoon on and off since it was first sighted and has been confirmed as an escapee - PB]
Indra Bone 21/12 #233094
Tue 19Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Birch Grove Gardens, Beaconsfield
Within 25 metres of the house, landed in the crab apple tree, I was unable to get the camera quick enough. This bird was sighted yesterday as well.
Gwen McDevitt 19/12 #233084
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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