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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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

September 2022
Sun 25Wood Sandpiper, Baillon's Crake, Latham's Snipe
Foxwell Park, nr Peeramon
One of each at the drying wetland by Foxwell Rd
John Grant 25/9 #267381
Sat 24highlightMetallic Starling
Mundy Creek Cemetery
Rare in Townville.
Edward Pierce 24/9 #267372
Thu 22highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Single bird noted with many Curlew Sandpipers at first emergence of mud at the falling tide this morning (end of airstrip/start of mangrove regrowth; tide 2.4m). Noted a slightly smaller bird with shorter legs and somewhat less active than Curlew Sandpipers. Still had some breeding plumage colour. Noted thick bill especially at base with distinct down-curve only at the tip. Diagnostic white "split" supercilium from front to back seen very well front-on in scope. (recalls snipe) Some rusty brown colouring evident between the supercilia and through the eye-line. Also noted some retained colour on back and chest. Long looks, flushed 3 times but re-found readily. Unable to get a good comparative look at rump or wing-bars in flight however. Mentioned as this bird seems to be very scarce and also the first Queensland sighting this spring (others notes at Broome Bird Observatory in August)
Rob Reed 22/9 #267361
Sat 10Cotton Pygmy Goose
Curtain Fig Tree Rd at Malanda-Atherton Rd
Three Cotton Pygmy Geese on the pond at this intersection. Locally scarce.
John Grant 10/9 #267317
Thu 8Pacific Koel
Mission Beach
One or more calling at dawn, first I have heard this season.
John Grant 8/9 #267309
Wed 7Latham's Snipe
Etty Bay
1 bird flushed from roadside in suburban area along Etty Bay Road.
John Grant 8/9 #267308
Tue 6Oriental Cuckoo
Etty Bay
1 Oriental Cuckoo in the beachside trees early this morning. This is the earliest I have recorded one.
John Grant 6/9 #267302
Mon 5Channel-billed Cuckoo
Day Rd Lake Eacham
One bird heard around dawn, first one I have recorded this season.
John Grant 5/9 #267296
Sat 3Wood Sandpiper
Foxwell Park, Peeramon area
1 Wood Sandpiper on the flooded area by the roadside near the entrance to Foxwell Park.
John Grant 4/9 #267293
Fri 2highlightBaillon's Crake
Foxwell Park, Peeramon area
One or more Baillon's Crake at the back of the flooded area next to the roadside by the gate of Foxwell Park. Formerly seen more regularly on the Tablelands but this is the first I have seen here in some time.
John Grant 2/9 #267288
Thu 1highlightMasked Booby
Moore Reef
Two Masked Boobies on the old pontoon at Moore Reef (26 Nautical Miles [48 kms] East of Cairns), with about 18 Brown Boobies.
John Grant 2/9 #267284
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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