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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December 2018
Sat 15highlightLittle Ringed Plover
Wunjunga wetlands
Only was was photographed with a pair of Red-capped Plovers
Graham and Denise Holder 15/12 #236352
Sun 2Wood Sandpiper
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park--Payet Observation Tower
One Wood Sandpiper 'scoped from the mound in front of the Payet Tower at about 6:00 p.m. Rarely seen in the Townsville precincts. Last eBird record at the Town Common was November 2014. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 2/12 #236265
Buff-Breasted Paradise Kingfisher
Ross River Bush Gardens
Ed Pierce 2/12 #236261

November 2018
Mon 19Pacific Golden Plover
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, Melaleuca area
Pacific Golden Plover without trace of gold spangling, suggesting worn-plumage juvenile, standing quietly and feeding by itself from time to time at southern end of drying wetland. (Moderator's Note: - First Pacific Golden Plover reported at the Town Common this year) One yellow and one light-breasted Eastern Yellow Wagtail also present. Pectoral Sandpiper still at Payet Pool . eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 19/11 #236168
Sun 18Australian Pratincole
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park--Payet Observation Tower
One only Australian Pratincole drinking at the south-western shallows of the Payet Tower Lagoon at about noon. There have been a few reports locally, but this species is generally uncommon around the Townsville coastal lowlands. Considered a more-common species of the inland plains of Australia. (Incidental observation while searching for John Lowry's solitary Pectoral Sandpiper report today at this same location, which we also found and photographed)
Len and Chris Ezzy 18/11 #236157
Oriental Cuckoo
Bohle Wetlands Revegetation Site
Our monthly survey: - Two Oriental Cuckoos hunting, feeding, and moving with other Cuckoos; Brush, Fan-tailed, Little Bronze, Eastern Koels, Spangled Drongos, and a couple of Olive-backed Orioles. These birds appeared particularly shy, timid, and were most difficult to approach. Uncommon summer passage, non-breeding migrant here in Townsville. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 18/11 #236154
highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park--Payet Observation Tower
Pectoral Sandpiper feeding and mingling with 7-8 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at western end of pool in front of tower. First seen and scoped by John Lowry. Seen and photographed by Greg Calvert and Mike ?? with John's guidance. Photgraphed by me after crawling through para grass about 9.30-10am to get much closer than the others. (Moderator's note: - Rarely seen summer migrant to coastal freshwater swamps in this part of the country.)
Tony Ashton 18/11 #236151
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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