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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November 2020
Sat 21Silver crowned friarbird
Karumba Cemetery
1. At Karumba cemetery feeding on blossom. This is only the second record for Karumba and only the fourth for Karumba-Normanton area in the last 26 years on ebird. My first personal sighting in the Southeast Gulf after 4 years of consistent surveys. Bird differentiated from Hornill friarbird by being lighter overall in colour and having a spike projection of the superoposterior aspect of the facial skin plate which is archetypal and diagnostic. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 21/11 #259219
Pacific baza
Walkers Creek campsite between Normanton and Karumba
1. Drinking at watersedge. This is the third sighting only for the south-east Gulf general area. Bird likely has been overlooked in previous surveys. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 21/11 #259218
Fri 20Black-tailed Godwit
Lake Tinaroo at Harper Drive (Yungaburra)
Four Black-tailed Godwits, first seen at Harper Ave, flew to islets west of there (off new subdivision) to forage. Scarce migrant on the tablelands.
John Grant 21/11 #259214
buff-breasted paradise kingfisher
Riverside Gardens, Douglas, Townsville
single bird
Ed Pierce 20/11 #259210
Thu 19Trumpet Manucode
7 Mile Hole Rinyurru National Park
Bird seen at 6.15am at same site (Camp 1) reported by Jack and Pat Leighton approx 1 month ago. Bird sat in tree for 20 seconds before flying South along waterhole. Bird pursued to Camp 4, found, then flew in opposite direction. Bird seen often at Iron Range and there is no doubt of its specie. No opportunity to report before now.
Ern Malley 22/11 #259222
Wed 18Little curlews
Iron Range Airport (Lockhart River)
3 birds mid afternoon
Clive Garland 19/11 #259202
Tue 17Black Falcon
Malanda-Atherton Rd near Kennedy Hwy
A Black Falcon, pursued by a Kestrel, flying east from the first paddock (maize stubble) on the north side of the Malanda-Atherton road.
John Grant 17/11 #259184
Fri 13highlightRed Knot
Townsvile Town Common--Melaleuca viewing area
One Red Knot feeding with 1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and 2 Latham's Snipe at first near western edge of wetland, and then closer to centre. First sighting of this species in Town Common for me.
Tony Ashton 13/11 #259141
Sat 7Little Curlew
Townsville Town Common--Melaleuca viewing area
Solitary bird standing quietly in shallow water and hidden from view from viewing area track. Also Common Greenshank, 2 Marsh Sandpipers and 4 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 7/11 #259111
Mon 2Wood Sandpiper
Hasties Swamp Bird Hide
One Wood Sandpiper this morning near the hide.
John Grant 2/11 #259079
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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