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 2019
Sun 15Red-collared Lorikeet
Walkers Creek 30km east of Normanton, SE Gulf
Single bird interacting happily with the huge flocks of Rainbow lorikeets. Observed at close range feeding and perched. Orange nape and chest. Nape continuous with the chest. Nape had horizontal blue streaking through the orange on the sides in particular. Distinctly black belly. Same size as Rainbow lorikeet. There has been some conjecture as to whether or not this bird is present this far east. This is my first sighting in 3 years of regular and lengthy visits to the area. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 15/9 #241163
Buff-sided Robin
Walkers Creek 30km east of Normanton, SE Gulf
3 birds 2 adults, 1 immature. First record for the area. Nearest have been at Gregory and Nicholson Rivers approx. 200km west. Alerted by archetypal 3 (or occasionally 4) note "piping" call listed on either app. Occasional contact call. 2 adults and an immature. Distinct white eyebrow, lower facial white stripe, buff sides and vent, white wing bar and tail tips. Prominent rictal bristles. Flicking tail and wings when perched particularly when calling. Pounce and perch behaviour noted. Remained in thick scrub. Likely range extension; possibly breeding locally. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 15/9 #241162
Thu 12Spotted Whistling-Duck
Endeavour River National Park
11 birds seen in small open mangrove bordered lagoon near the airport during night spotlighting as part of fauna surveys. Birds not seen during the day at same location. -15.44684, 145.19596
Andrew McDougall and John Augusteyn 19/9 #241220

August 2019
Wed 28highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
Carmoo (Locality adjoining South Mission Beach, Queensland)
Group of approx. 30, including juveniles, came to roost at a small waterhole alongside rainforest at Carmoo (about 5km West of South Mission Beach) on private property. Birds roosted there for two nights.
Graeme and Pam Chapman 9/9 #241115
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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