Eremaea Birdlines
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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

August 2017
Wed 16Pied Imperial Pigeon
Trinity Beach, Cairns
First sighting of returning birds for this season, good numbers.
Martin Cachard (per Peter Valentine) 17/8 #231571
Tue 15Black-tailed Native Hens
Atherton nr Mountain View Road
5 birds broke cover briefly onto open ground where Maize had recently been harvested. The site has been dominated by up to 350-400 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos over the past 10 days, feeding on loose grain. Their dominance at the site has now been usurped by a flock of Magpie Geese currently resident at Hastie's Swamp. Cockatoos driven off by MG at prime feeding times. Flock numbers approx 300 - 400. Stubble Quail also on site yesterday evening. eBird records for BTNH in this area are few but population possibly larger than previously reported due to their nature.
Jean and Paul Newman 16/8 #231559
Sat 12Double-banded Plover
Beachholm, Bushland Beach
John Lowry 12/8 #231517
Thu 10Pied Currawong
Normanton: "Town Dam"
1 adult. Second record for The Gulf. Other was Karumba in 2014 (interestingly in December). Nearest records otherwise were near Georgetown and Mt. Isa. Not entirely surprising given their tendancy for winter dispersal to low, open country concomitant with northern migration. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 10/8 #231510
Sat 5highlightRed-necked avocet
Karumba: dam just prior to (east) turnoff to Karumba Point
1 adult. First record for Karumba, rarely recorded SE Gulf (3 previous records in Normanton) on e bird. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 5/8 #231477
Thu 3Black Bittern
Ross River west bank 200 m south of Riverway complex
Feeding from Water hyacinth 10m from the bank. eBird checklist
Ivor Preston 3/8 #231466

July 2017
Sun 30Double Banded Plover
Cairns Esplanade
One bird in breeding plumage
Barry Davies 30/7 #231438
Thu 27Double-banded Plover
Cairns Esplanade
Still on the Cairns Esplanade in breeding condition. Foraging with Red-necked Stint. eBird checklist
Keith Fisher 28/7 #231426
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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