Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 25 Mar 2013 01:32:07 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 24 Mar 2013.

Sun 24 Mar Freckled Duck (possible) Goulds Lagoon
Not sure about this one, but not certain as to what else they could be. Three seen hanging out on eastern lagoon amongst the regular Chestnut Teals. Dark feathered birds, markedly freckled plumage, notably scooped bills. Approximately 5cm longer than the chestnuts. Sit very upright in water, with peaks at rear of head. No red at base of beak though. No photo but I'm sure someone else will confirm if I'm wrong.[Moderator's note: an unusual species for Tasmania, but it has been quite prolific in Vic this season. If anyone can go and confirm this sighting, that would be very good.]
Lachie Clark

Fri 22 Mar Double-banded Plover Forth River Mouth
Single bird on sand at Eastern side of Forth River mouth. Not an unusual bird for Tasmania at this time of year, but generally not seen in this area.
Shirley Tongue

Tue 19 Mar Spotless Crake Gawler (just inland from Ulverstone)
Adult bird with large downy chick on private farm dam. Also nearby, Dusky Moorhen x 2, Little Grassbird, first Cattle Egrets (11) of the season and Rainbow Lorikeets in blossoming eucalypt.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton

Mon 18 Mar Grey-tailed Tattler Ralphs Bay Conservation Area, Lauderdale
Grey-tailed Tattler (1) On the bay side of the bridge over Lauderdale canal, as per reports from the preceding Friday and Sunday.
Paul Brooks

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