Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 21 Jan 2013 01:31:27 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Jan 2013.

Thu 17 Jan Cape Barren Goose, Australian Shelduck, Australasian Shoveler, Musk Duck, Australasian Grebe Craigbourne Dam
Cape Barren Goose (2) Feeding in sheep paddock. Australian Shelduck (4) Possibly more as these birds were mixing with Black Swans and maybe hidden from view. Australasian Shoveler (2) Possibly a few more... mixing with swans. Musk Duck (2) These two preferred to be on their own away from all other species. Australasian Grebe (1) Possibly 2 but great views of 1 diving quite closely with the many Hoary-headed Grebes.
Judith Lattaway

Wed 16 Jan Cattle Egret Queechy Lagoon, Launceston
Three birds in partial breeding plumage, query overwintering [editor's note - as most Cattle Egrets move into Tassie for the winter, and return to the mainland for breeding in the summer, perhaps this is a case of "over-summering"??]. Also 2-3 Royal Spoonbills (seem to have taken up residence) and Australian Reed-warblers calling in the reeds.
Richard Ashby

Wed 9 Jan Ground Parrot Strahan Airfield
2 Ground parrots seen, Thankyou Edward! Seen along the section of private road SE of the runway where Edward reported them last time. Also Southern Emu-wren, Striated fieldwren, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and Beautiful Firetail.
Steven Edwards

Thu 3 Jan Grey-tailed Tattler and Pacific Golden Plover Beerbarrel Beach
I observed a Grey-tailed Tattler (1) and Pacific Golden Plover (1) foraging on the exposed rocks with group of Ruddy Turnstones (12-15) along the northern end of Beerbarrel Beach (approx 10km NE of St Helen's - 55G 613755 E 5428998 S). The first sighting of the Grey-tailed Tattler was made by myself and Jo King on the 2/1/2013. Subsequent visits to this site included the Pacific Golden Plover in the same area as the Grey-tailed Tattler. Both were still present at the site today.
Liz Znidersic

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