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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October 2018
Sat 20highlightYellow Chat
West Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa
At least 20 Yellow Chats at West Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa. 20-10-2018. Photo attached - my count of 20 is a low estimate; there were quite probably 25ish, including at least 5 full adult males in good plumage. Access via road at small radio tower just north of town eastward off the main Barkly Highway. (Moderator's Note: This is quite a significant sighting. The only previous eBird report of Yellow Chat at Lake Moondarra, and in the Mount Isa region generally, was 6 birds on 16-09-1979 Checklist S43773714)
Joshua Bergmark (Birdquest) 22/10 #235851
Freckled Duck, Oriental Plover
West Lake Moondarra
1 Freckled Duck, and 35 Oriental Plovers. Great birding here at the moment, lots of birds to sift through! Access via road at small radio tower just north of town on main highway.
Joshua Bergmark (Birdquest) 20/10 #235820
Fri 19Satin Flycatcher
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Found male Satin Flycatcher first seen near Melaleuca viewing area on Wednesday at western side of Freshwater hide area between road and track to Bald Rock this morning. No sign of female reported yesterday, nor on Wednesday. (Continuing bird - Confirmation of Birdline NQ report 17/10 #235793)
Tony Ashton 19/10 #235816
Wed 17highlightSatin Flycatcher
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Adding picture taken much later after initial sighting
Tony Ashton 17/10 #235794
highlightSatin Flycatcher
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Male Satin Flycatcher found by Sheila Ashley and subsequently confirmed and photograph by all 5 in our group. Rarely seen in this coastal lowland location. (Photo by: - Len Ezzy) eBird checklist
Sheila Ashley, Paul Ashley, Len Ezzy, Chris Ezzy, Tony Ashton 17/10 #235793
Wed 10Swinhoe's Snipe
Cumberland Dam, 20km west of Georgetown
Single bird foraging around the edge of the dam
Keith Fisher 11/10 #235743

September 2018
Thu 27Wood Sandpiper
Normanton, The School Dam
A single Wood Sandpiper was observed feeding with Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the edge of The School Dam (also known as Town Dam) at Normanton. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 10/10 #235727
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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