Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 20 Jan 2014 03:02:34 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 19 Jan 2014.

Sat 18 Jan Pink-eared Duck (2) Large farm dam, N side Bass Hwy, 29 km E Devonport
A pair of Pink-eared Ducks scoped amongst 100 plus mixed ducks visible from highway layby. If driving west it is 3km W of Kimberley/Railton turnoff.
Dion Hobcroft

Fri 17 Jan Azure Kingfisher (1) White-throated Needletail (1) Black River Picnic Area, off Dip Falls Road.
Single Azure Kingfisher 100 metres upstream from eastern picnic shelter. Solitary needletail flying high over as thunderstorm approached.
Dion Hobcroft

Red-necked Avocet Mawson Bay, Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area
Adult observed on the afternoons of the 17th and 18th January between Doctors Creek and Wells Creek (south of West Point). Bird initially observed with Pied Oystercatchers and Silver Gulls; standing, feeding, flying. Observed on 18th with two Pied Oystercatchers sheltering from wind and feeding.
Fiona Hume

Thu 16 Jan Rainbow Lorikeet Fish Pond, Ulverstone
Found a pair perched and heard another four in the area-my first sighting in Tasmania. No luck with the Common Sandpiper.
Dion Hobcroft

Wed 15 Jan Eclectus Parrot Tinderbox
Male Eclectus Parrot, obviously an escapee; sighted feeding in a shrub beside the road. [Moderator's note: this bird has been reported in the area before; it is a pet which apparently returns when it is let out of its cage.]
Graham Collins

Latham's Snipe Scotts Peak Dam
Mid-morning. Stopped at one end of the dam, walked across and then drove down a short road to the base of the dam on Huon River. Latham's Snipe (1) flushed from the swampy area at the base of the dam.
Tim and Marg Roberts

Mon 13 Jan Spotted Quail-thrush Upper Scamander to St. Marys
Female collecting invertebrates near the roadside, feeding chicks somewhere nearby.
Dion Hobcroft

Sun 12 Jan Latham's Snipe Miena
Three birds disturbed from the marsh between the restaurant and the Great Lake. This is always a reliable place to find them during summer.
Bill Scott-Young and Leanne Sherriff

Sat 11 Jan Orange-bellied Parrot Melaleuca
At least 20 individuals returned this season according to research staff.
Dion Hobcroft

Wed 1 Jan Australasian Grebe Maria Island
Single Australasian Grebe observed on the Reservoir. Photographed for ID but photo not included because of its poor quality.
Bec Read

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