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.

February 2019
Tue 12Pacific Swift
Cadiz Court, Cranbrook, Townsville
Counted 500 approx. heading roughly north west. I started counting/watching at about 8.30am to 10 am
Annette Sibson 12/2 #236797
Mon 4Lesser Frigatebird
Pallarenda Boat Ramp
Following up other recent sightings: 15 birds effortlessly drifting highish along foredune for about 15 mins around 9am this morning. Notable gender imbalance with only 3-4 males.
Tony Ashton 4/2 #236750
Sun 3Lesser Frigatebird
Etty Bay
Single female, seen flying overhead, while looking for cassowaries. Quite sunny at the time. Did a few loops overhead, then not seen again.
John Harris and Kathy Himbeck 4/2 #236746
Lesser Frigatebird
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
4 birds over head just before the rain started (again!)
Ed Pierce 3/2 #236742

January 2019
Thu 31Red-chested Button-quail
Mount Louisa--Suburb, Townsville, Queensland, AU
Red-chested Button-quail seen this afternoon (1430 hrs) in the pouring rain, at our home front yard, Mount Louisa. (ID confirmed as a female Red-chested Button-quail by the Australian Bird Identification Facebook group) As I opened the Tilt-a-Door to get the car out, I saw it was feeding on the footpath (rising worms) less than 10 metres from me then. That must have disturbed it and I had no binoculars or camera then. By the time I could get my hands on a camera, it had walked across the street and into the neighbour's carport (when this hugely-cropped image was taken) and the bird then continued under their side fence and out of sight. This is a first Button-quail species for our home yard in 25 years. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 31/1 #236711
Sat 26Spotted Whistling-Duck
Clement State Forest - restricted area (Locality of Toomulla, North Queensland)
Continuing BIrds - Update on Birdline North Queensland sighting #236620 (19/01/2019). There are now 11 (eleven) Spotted Whistling-Ducks at same restricted access site. There are now 2 Wandering Whistling-Ducks also and the single Hardhead with them still.
Annette Sibson 27/1 #236684
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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