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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September 2018
Sun 16highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
Mission Beach State School (Backyard Wetland)
37 x Spotted Whistling-Ducks on the "Backyard Wetland" today at 11:30a.m. (Yesterday afternoon we could find only 3 individual birds there.) Most of today's birds were found roosting on exposed fallen timber in the middle of the main wetland lagoon, but others were just sitting on the water in a couple of groups. We also found 2 individuals roosting high in a riparian paperbark tree beside a hollow. (This is a continuing sighting from earlier Birdline North Queensland reports by Darren Page & Antje Kuechler 5/9/2018 #235308 and Ruth Wilson 9/9/2018 #235354.) eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 16/9 #235439
Sun 9Jacky Winter (2), Flock Bronzewing (75).
Normanton-Floraville Rd, Bynoe River crossing, Carpentaria, Queensland
Both rare records for SE Gulf area. Jacky Winter only 4th record on eBird, possibly overlooked in the past by observers although these birds were calling and behaving like a typical "Stumpbird" worthy of it's colloquial name. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 9/9 #235355
highlightSpotted Whistling-duck
Webb Rd,Mission Beach
Spotted Whistling-Ducks x 5. Webb Rd Wongaling Beach. Past Mission Beach State School on Webb Rd is a small culvert, walk 100 m into Backyard Wetland (signposted) on mown grass to area of open water
Ruth Wilson 9/9 #235354
Thu 6Australian Spotted Crake
At least three birds in clumps of rush Schoenoplectus subulatus south of the bore overflow at Burketown. Cover at its least extent due to seasonal dry conditions. Identified by white under-tail and extensive white spots on the dark upperparts, and calls. Previous observations at this site.
Roger Jaensch 10/9 #235365
Long-toed Stint
Single bird in overflow marshes of Burketown bore, feeding in short-cropped wet grass and sloppy pools. Pale yellow legs; similar plumage but half the size of nearby Sharp-tailed Sandpipers; diagnostic, thin trilling call in flight. Have seen and photographed this species here in previous dry seasons.
Roger Jaensch 10/9 #235364
Wed 5highlightSpotted Whistling Duck
Wetland next to Mission Beach State School
2 birds seen on wetland next to Mission Beach State School, Mission Beach, Queensland. Time 11am.
Darren Page & Antje Kuechler 5/9 #235308
Sun 2Pacific Emerald Dove and White-browed Robin
Ross River Bush Gardens
Single Emerald Dove on 'The Island' and single Robin at Thomson St end. eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 2/9 #235276
Sat 1highlightLovely fairy-wren
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
A single female just off the track behind Freshwater Hide carpark. Sighting confirmed by Tony Ashton. eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 1/9 #235266

August 2018
Wed 29Sanderling
Shelly Beach, Townsville Town Common Con. Park
One bird with about 20 Red-capped Plovers. Seemed one-legged, not just resting one. Nearby, Double-banded Plover male with another 40 Red-caps.
Tony Ashton 29/8 #235237
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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