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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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April 2017
Thu 27highlightSpotted 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
Tue 25Orange Chat
Wetlands about 10km along road ne from Karumba towards Normanton
Party of 6 (3m, 3f). Feeding on flood plains and roosting in nearby small shrub between. Occasional call. I was alert to the possibility with recent report from Burketown about 200km sw 3 weeks prior. Another Burketown record in 1994. Guidebooks suggest this is a range extension or does it rather reflect chronic under-survey of this remote area?
Rob Reed 25/4 #230765
Shining Flycatcher
Havenwood Drive, Mt Low
In my garden 5 km from nearest preferred habitat.
John Lowry 25/4 #230758
Wed 19Barred Cuckooshrike
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Two birds seen at the carpark entrance to the Freshwater (Concrete) Hide.
Ian Boyd and Ivor Preston 19/4 #230708
Mon 17Ground cuckoo-shrike
Croydon-5km SW on Claraville Rd just after Coralie Rd turnoff
3 adults flushed at 7h00 from extensive grasslands near a large productive waterhole. Rarely recorded in the general area, this sighting probably reflecting a decent wet season.
Rob Reed 17/4 #230685
Thu 13Black-tailed Native-hen
Moorrinya National Park--Shirley Shearing Shed Campground, Queensland, AU
Four Adult and One Juvenile Black-tailed Native-hen forraging on the west bank of Bullock Creek below the Shirley Shearing Shed Campground. They were present for the entire four days of our Easter camp. This is the first time we have seen this species on Moorrinya National Park since our regular surveys began in 2002. Andrew McDougall (NPSR) recorded them in October 1995 (in a different part of the park) eBird checklist
Chris and Len Ezzy 18/4 #230704
Wed 12Square-tailed Kite
Havenwood Drive, Mt Low
First one of the season soaring over my property. Already present on Monday.
John Lowry 12/4 #230632
Wed 5highlightLong-toed Stint, Black-tailed Native-hen, Pink-eared Duck
A single Long-toed Stint was feeding beside Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in a drying shrub-swamp between Burketown and nearest broad salt-flats to the north-west (restricted access). Habitat was mud and shallow water with light cover of small aquatic plants. The stint was much smaller and more slender than the otherwise similar-looking Sharpies. Other migratory species present included Marsh Sandpiper, Little Curlew and White-winged Black Tern. Also, groups of 5 to 10 Black-tailed Native-hens were scattered through the swamp (and at some other swamps around Burketown) and several Pink-eared Ducks were present.
Roger Jaensch 10/4 #230618
Grey-headed Honeyeater
Burra Range Truck Rest Stop
This species was seen over the three days we were in area. All individuals observed appear to be immatures. A little north east of the range depicted in Pizzy and Knight. eBird checklist
Mark Horvath 6/4 #230586
Black-tailed Native-hen
Normanton: Mutton Hole Wetlands Conservation Park
1 adult flushed from reedbed onto track about 20m away. Long, lingering looks as I followed and encroached within about 15m at times. First record for Gulf of Carpentaria area. Nearest proximal records at Georgetown approx. 300km away.
Rob Reed 5/4 #230578
Tue 4White-plumed Honeyeater
Burra Range Truck Rest Stop
Last recorded sighting on eBird, in this region, was in 2013 at Pentland. The individual observed claimed ownership of a small group of Grevillea decora and would chase all other Honeyeaters, other than a Grey-headed Honeyeater, away. Observation indicated to me that the two individuals were working cooperatively to chase other species away from their patch. eBird checklist
Mark Horvath 6/4 #230587
Red-capped Robin
Burra Range Truck Rest Stop
First sighted on the afternoon of the 3rd then again on the morning of the 4th in the same location. The rear end of the gravel scrape amongst the Grevillea decora. Was sitting low in bush, darting to open ground, and then back. This is my second sighting of this species in the region within the last few weeks. eBird checklist
Mark Horvath 6/4 #230585
Sun 2Orange Chat, Red-chested Button-quail
Several parties of 5 to 10 Orange Chats, including a few males (some black around face/throat), in samphire and bare clay surrounded by grass-sedge swamps, on coastal plain between Burketown and nearest broad salt flats to the NNW (restricted access). Also, a Red-chested Button-quail flushed there at the transition from samphire to dense grass-sedge habitat; another in patchy short grass next to a swamp on the west side of town on 31 March; both identified by rich apricot flanks and lack of contrast between back and pale upperwing coverts.
Roger Jaensch 11/4 #230629
Sat 1Spotted Harrier
Leichhardt Creek mouth, North Queensland
Flew over the top of us twice, we were fishing in our boat out a small way from the Leichhardt Creek mouth. Unusual to find off-shore. (Moderator's Note: - Leichhardt Creek is located between the coastal townships of Toomulla and Toolakea, and is about 35km WNW of Townsville) eBird checklist
Annette J Sibson 4/4 #230558

March 2017
Fri 31Chestnut Teal
Bushland Beach, Townsville
Belated posting as I was waiting for confirmation of identity. Chestnut Teal generally extremely scarce in the Townsville region, and not previously reported from marine habitats here (in contrast to Grey Teal that are reported from estuarine and marine habitats). eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 5/4 #230575
Pink-eared Duck
Bushland Beach, Townsville
Single Pink-eared Duck amid the Great Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Grey-tailed Tattler. eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 31/3 #230527
highlightEclectus Parrot
Euluma Creek Rd, Julatten at -16.56237, 145.38771 (restricted access)
A wild population has existed in the Julatten area for at least 20 years originating from Julatten Mountain Spa Retreat. 1st time I've seen 3 together. They flew over calling, very distinctive call. So don't be surprised if you see this species around Julatten. eBird checklist
Keith Fisher 31/3 #230521
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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