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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May 2017
Fri 26Chestnit Teal
Cape Cleveland Rd salt pans
About 20 Chestnut Teal among the many Grey Teal and Pink-eared Ducks. At leas four males present. (Moderator's Note: - Rarely seen in the Townsville region) eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 26/5 #231010
Red-necked Avocet
Cape Cleveland Rd salt pans
Two Red-necked Avocet among the stilts. (Moderator's Note: - Rarely seen in the Townsville region) eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 26/5 #231009
Sun 21highlightRed-capped Robin
Ponderosa Road, Mutarnee, North Queensland
Female red-capped Robin seen and photographed on private property at Mutarnee approximately 67k north-east of Townsville. Moderator's Note: - This is a most unusual sighting for the coastal lowlands of North Queensland. Only one other Eremaea Birdline multiple reports of one immature Red-capped Robin at Tyto Wetlands, Ingham by Tony Ashton from June-July 2008)
Brian O'Leary 26/5 #231012
Sat 20highlightBlack Falcon
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Two Black Falcons seen and photograped around mid-day in the open area from the levee bank Freshwater walking track to Bald Rock, only about 300 metres after the heavy vegitation ceases going from the Freshwater (concrete) Hide.
Michael McMaster 22/5 #230969
Fri 19Red-Capped Robin
Adjacent to Karumba Waste Transfer Station
Possible extension of range
Barry Deacon 19/5 #230939
Wed 17Sarus Crane
Rockley Road, Atherton
14 Sarus Crane in a field east of Rockley Road near Atherton.
David and Margaret Merrall 17/5 #230932
Tue 16Square-tailed Kite
One bird, low over Atherton CBD.
Glen White 16/5 #230922
Sat 13highlightDouble-banded Plover
Black River, Bushland Beach, Townsville
Single bird in loose flock of sand plovers and dotterels. (Moderator's Note: - Rarely seen or reported in the Townsville Region)
Niel Bruce, John Lowry 13/5 #230895
Fri 12Grey Teal
Cairns Esplanade
Uncommon. 3 birds loafing on a sandbar at high tide. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 13/5 #230896
Glossy Black-cockatoo
Grandis Forest track at -19.02122, 146.14372
Two seen, third (juv.?)heard: a short way down track from the parking area. Only one stayed feeding. eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 13/5 #230893
Eastern Barn Owl
Cadiz Court Cranbrook Townsville Qld
Bird in palm being harassed by Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Magpie's and others. Last seen flying low over tree tops trying to find a safer refuge.
Annette Sibson 13/5 #230891
Thu 11Sarus Crane
Mount Uncle distillery, Walkamin
11 birds flying over about midday - first record for the season?
John Grant, Inka Veltheim, Gopi Sundar, Swati Kittur 14/5 #230910
Thu 4Double-banded Plover
Cairns Esplanade (southern end)
Two Birds. I saw them around 4:30pm still there 1 hour later. (Moderator's Note: Problem with image library storage and retrieval. Original report unpublished and revised report created to support the attached image) eBird checklist
Norton Gill 9/5 #230873
Pied Honeyeataer
~60km NW of Cloncurry (restricted access)
20+ Pied Honeyeaters, mostly juvenile birds in various stages of moult along with at least 2-4 adults. No obvious flowering in local area.
Mark Sanders 5/5 #230838
Wed 3highlightEclectus Parrot
Euluma Creek Rd at Mary Jane Dr, Julatten
Have had previous sightings in the last 12 months, however, thought the bird was an escaped pet. Had previously only seen a solitary male. On 03/05/17 four birds (two male and two female) were feeding in a large blue quandong on my property. Managed to photograph one male only as the others fled before I could get the camera. Would love to know if anybody else has spotted this species this far outside its range?
Paul Besse 8/5 #230861

April 2017
Thu 27Pink-eared Duck
Cairns Esplanade--northern end
Four birds landed and then took off again. (Moderator's Note: Problem with image library storage and retrieval. Original report unpublished and revised report created to support the attached image) eBird checklist
Norton Gill 9/5 #230872
highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
Daintree River--boat trip
2 adults with 5 well grown ducklings / juveniles. Juveniles are probably able to fly so not necessarily a definitive record of local breeding. If bred locally then think this is the southern most record of this species breeding in Australia.
Murray Hunt 27/4 #230784
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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