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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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September 2023
Mon 11Baillon's Crake
Lake Tinaroo
Numbers at several sites around the lake near Yungaburra. Some White-browed Crakes also present.
John Grant 11/9 #269662
Sun 10Cotton Pygmy Goose
Curtain Fig Rd
11 Cotton Pygmy Geese on the pond at the southern end of Curtain Fig Rd ( where it meets the Malanda-Atherton road)
John Grant 11/9 #269661
Wed 6highlightOlive-backed Sunbird (5)
Karumba: Delta Downs (Kurtjar Country) (no access)
5 individuals in a party in thick foliage on "Alligator Creek" Delta Downs: 4 adults (2F, 2M, 1 immature). Immature male (the slightest hint of blue colouration to breast) being fed insects by adult male and female. On the Gulf of Carpentaria, this is the southernmost evidence of breeding noted to date as far as I can ascertain. This bird has been noted in Karumba, which is heavily birded by itinerant birders and myself, approx. 60km SSW only since 2020. However, speaking with the many Kurtjar people I was camping/travelling with, this bird has been present on their lands at least as long as living memory of the current elders and is well-known to all. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 13/9 #269670
Sat 2highlightPlum-headed Finch
Burke Development Rd at Flinders River Crossing, Gulf of Carpentaria
500 Cons. Est. All matures. One flock of 250 roosting/preening after drinking/plunging in a waterhole, another of 150. Other groups of up to 30 coming in to drink and roost/plunge. Only seen at 2 of 6 waterholes - these were situated in Savannah grassland areas. Last noted in the area in mid-June which was also the last time I was able to survey for them in this specific location. Remain the northernmost records to date on any database. Also being seen in Mt. Isa this dry season regularly for the first time in at least 61 years (Rex Whitehead pers. comm.) Another 250 also seen September 3 at the same location. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 3/9 #269635
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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