Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

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Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 01:30:43 +1000
Birdline Tasmania 

Published sightings for the week ending 31 Jan 2010.

Sun 31 Jan      Australasian Darter Romaine Reserve, Burnie. 
At around noon today I observed a Darter in the large pond opposite the
car park. Since my observation I have become aware that this is not a
bird often seen in Tasmania and will be trying to get photos of the bird
tommorow morning. 
Lachlan Spicer 

Fri 29 Jan      Australian Owlet-nightjar, Masked Owl. Loila Tier
Reserve (near St Helens) 
Australian Owlet-nightjar: heard calling frequently, seen single birds
on two occasions, attracted to the large amount of moths gathering in
front of my cars headlights. Masked Owl: a single bird observed briefly
near the entrance to Flagstaff Rd at about 10.30pm, and heard calling
again at about 12.00am 1 km further down the same Rd. 
James Melville 

        Australasian Bittern, Little Grassbird, Tawny-crowned
Honeyeater, Welcome Swallow. Windmill Swamp (near St Helens) 
Australasian Bittern: 1 seen on the far side of the swamp from the small
gravel car park at approx 6.15 am. Welcome Swallow: 90+ at first light,
slowly dispersing up untill time of departure at 8 am when only about 30
remained. Tawny-crowned Honeyeater: 6 were seen in the surrounding
coastal scrub. Little Grassbird: 1 was heard calling. 
James Melville 

Thu 28 Jan      Little Tern, Hooded Plover. Scamander 
Enjoyed excellent views of 4 Little Tern and 3 Hooded Plover on the main
sand bar at the river mouth. 
James Melville 

        Red-necked Stint, Common Greenshank, Little Egret. St Helens 
Red-necked Stint: c 60 in bay. Common Greenshank: 9 feeding on exposed
mud flats up river (tide out). Little Egret: 2 at the sewage ponds. 
James Melville 


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