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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January 2021
Wed 20Budgerigar
Hughes Road, Barratta Q 4809
Three days in a row:- (Monday 18-01-2021) 3X Budgerigars first seen beside the road feeding on the seeds of Gomphrena Weed (Gomphrena celosioides), flying up to the powerlines above as I drove slowly past. The next day I saw 7X Budgerigars in exactly the same spot and about the same time late afternoon. Then again today, (Wednesday 20-01-2021) there were 8X Budgerigars feeding there same time of day. There appeared to be some juvenile birds there too. They flew up to the powerlines again and after a short time flew back to the road to resume feeding. I had a camera this time and took some photos and a video. (Moderator's Note: - Unexpected and unusual to see this species so close to the NE coast which has been experiencing inclement monsoonal weather now, while their inland habitats would seem more suitable)
Rob Dwyer 20/1 #259598
Fri 1megamegaNordmann's Greenshank
Cairns Esplanade
7am, incoming tide, 100m on mudflats in front of Muddy's Playground. Next to Common Greenshank and close to group of 20 Lesser Sand-Plovers, a dozen Great Knots and Bar-tailed Godwits, Terek Sandpipers and a Red-necked Stint. Due to proximity to Common Greenshank, have excellent comparison photographs. First noticed thickness of bill compared to Common and distinct two-tone colour - slaty grey top half, black lower. General jizz was stockier than Common, shorter legs, white eye-ring smaller and eye appeared smaller. Bill upturned, similar length to Common. Underwing pattern as per guides, dissimilar to Common. Have video of 4 single note calls, also dissimilar to Common. Flew off with Common. eBird checklist
Adrian Walsh 1/1 #259481

December 2020
Wed 23Eclectus Parrot
West End Townsville
While looking for a Baza that was calling, a very noisy female Eclectus Parrot flew over, chasing a Blue-winged Kookaburra. I suspect this bird is an escapee or a bird trained in free flight. Did anyone else see it or know of it?
Ed Pierce 23/12 #259427
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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