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Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline North Queensland

Birdline North Queensland 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. The coverage for the Birdline North Queensland site is from Bowen west to the Northern Territory border and north to the tip of Cape York Peninsula and includes all the offshore islands. We encourage any one with a long list of species to enter them into Eremaea eBird.

Birdline North Queensland is supported by BirdLife Northern Queensland and BirdLife Townsville and moderated by Len & Chris Ezzy and Peter Valentine.

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All reports are not necessarily confirmed and are published here to encourage others to confirm them.

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January 2019
Thu 17highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
Clement State Forest - restricted area (Locality of Toomulla, North Queensland)
First seen on 17 January, 9 Spotted's and a Hardhead. Seen again this morning, (19 January) now there's 10 Spotted's and a Hardhead. The tenth bird was with the Hardhead and out of shot. Not reported until today due to lack of internet access.
Annette Sibson 19/1 #236620
Sat 12highlightOriental Pratincole (4000), Little Curlew (4000)
Karumba: Delta Downs floodplain
Limited survey of Delta Downs section of road where huge flocks were seen yesterday (see previous submission). Pratincoles and Curlews were in concert. I would not be surprised if there were companies of 10s of thousands of each bird given the very conservative estimate of birds counted tonight. It will be interesting to note how long these birds continue their winter sojourn in this location. There has been heavy rain overnight. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 13/1 #236584
Oriental pratincole (150)
Karumba: Delta Downs floodplain
Conservative estimate. 2 flocks of approx. 50 flying over and others interspersed with Little curlews feeding. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 12/1 #236575
highlightLittle curlew (6000)
Karumba: Delta Downs floodplain
Very conservative estimate. One large flock of 2000-plus scoped feeding/pruning on ground. 3 flocks of approx 500 flying over (calling when so). Others flying in pairs or flocks of up to 150 constantly joining and breaking off from large feeding flocks. Birds prefer damp areas with short (5-15cm) new growth just inside boundary fence. Once preferred habitat known, bird presence was almost predictable when stopped and scoped. I note an overseas birder recorded 150 at this location 10 days prior. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 12/1 #236574
Wed 9highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
Bohle Wetlands Revegetation Site, Townsville, AU-QLD
One Spotted Whistling-Duck at roost in tree over water's edge of the most southern, and smallest, lilly-covered water-body. Public Access via Mesa Circuit, Cosgrove. (Moderator's Note: Please do not try to approach the bird too closely, as the terrain is very overgrown and dangerously uncertain underfoot.) eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 9/1 #236550
Sun 6highlightLittle Ringed Plover
Wunjunga Wetlands
We went very early and spotted the Little Ringed Plover with Red-capped Plovers on the dry side of the road near the 3rd grid.
Graham and Denise Holder 6/1 #236528
Sat 5highlightWhite throated needletail (2)
Karumba, southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria, over Delta Downs area.
Short square tail, distinct white throat and vent, in concert with approx. 50 Pacific swifts. All heading due south. No previous records for the Gulf on ebird. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 5/1 #236515
highlightLittle-ringed Plover
Wunjunga wetlands
Single bird still present by third cattle grid on way in towards campsite from highway, in wet area to right-hand-side of road immediately next to grid. Wetland rapidly drying but areas further back from road with plenty of water.
Andy Jensen 5/1 #236512
Thu 3highlightLittle Ringed Plover
Wunjunga Wetlands
Bird located late afternoon along Beachmount Road in shallow pools to the South of the 3rd cattle grid (5 km from Bruce Highway intersection). The site on the Northern side of the road is now completely dry. Very hard to locate and it appeared to be avoiding the previously reported Red-capped Plovers. Very few of that specie remained at that time. Bird was very nervous and I and another birder spent only a very short time on site. Returned pre-dawn on 4 Jan. No Little Ringed Plover and only one pair of Red-capped Plovers present. Very large numbers of waders now concentrating on shallow water further along road opposite 2 water tanks. Hundreds of Red-necked Stint but no Red-capped Plovers at all. Bird may have flown or moved to one of many distant ponds. Many thanks to Denise Holder and Len Ezzy.
Paul and Jean Newman 5/1 #236516
Wed 2highlightNoisy Miner
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Juvenile Noisy Miner seen preening, foraging in mangroves and later posing on old steel pole in same patch of foredune that equally unlikely Yellow-throated Miner turned up in 3-4 weeks back - and has since stayed in. Even when I noted black throat this morning it didn't occur to me another Miner equally far from local known territory would arrive in identical spot. Thanks to Marlene Acton for pointing out my initial listing mistake. And finally got good enough ID picture of Black Butcherbird, haunting same habitat lately. eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 2/1 #236490

December 2018
Mon 31highlightLittle Ringed Plover
Wunjunga Wetlands
This continuing bird showed well at times again this morning despite negative attention from the numerous Red-capped Plovers. Same place as before, however the water is rapidly evaporating and therefore these birds may move on. eBird checklist
David Mitford, Len Ezzy and Chris Ezzy 31/12 #236476
Sun 30highlightLittle Ringed Plover and Oriental Pratincole
Wunjunga Wetlands
The previously reported Little Ringed Plover is still in the same place as originally reported (close to the 3rd cattle grid). Whilst looking for the Plover, I had an Oriental Pratincole briefly fly past, hence the poor record shot.
David Mitford 30/12 #236470
France Road Turf Farm Edmonton.
eBird checklist
Norton Gill. 31/12 #236473
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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