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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

August 2018
Tue 21highlightGrey Whistler
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Grey Whistler foraging with young Spectacled Monarch and Leaden Flycatchers low in trees near track to Freshwater hide this morning. First listing of species in Common it seems. Also, juvenile Superb Fruitdove: seen several times in same area lately.
Tony Ashton 21/8 #235157
Mon 20Black-throated Finch
Oak Valley (corner Thunderbolt Drive and Old Flinders Highway)
Five, possibly six, Black-throated Finches first seen with three feeding on ground with 4 Double-barred Finches. Black-throats then made series of short flights and brief spells of preening in mass of chinee apples along fenceline. Lost sight of 1, or 2, before four flew off across Old Flinders Highway. eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 20/8 #235145
Mon 13highlightPainted Honeyeater
Pallarenda, Townsville
At least four Painted Honeyeaters feeding on mistletoe in Eucs at the S end of Wackett St this morning. Watched for about half an hour. A male, two sub-adults and at least one other that I didn't get a look at until they all flew off together. Outside typical range. (Moderator's Note: - This reported sighting remains "Unconfirmed" currently at 20 August 2018, after numerous visits to this area by myself and various other birders)
Conrad Hoskin 13/8 #235092
Sun 12Eastern Koel
Rowe’s Bay Townsville
Single bird calling at daybreak. Have been around Cairns since early July with no Koel calls and this is the first calling bird on my return south.
Bob Moffatt 13/8 #235090
Fri 3Metallic Starling
Salisbury Drive/Gadd Close, Julatten
1st returns for the season, at least 4 heard near annual colony. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 3/8 #235003

July 2018
Wed 25Apostlebird
Mt Low, Townsville North
First one see eating maggots of a rubbish bin before 11 others advertised themselves from nearby gum. Skipped through treetops over my place before disappearing towards Bushland Beach. Colour, flight silhouette, calls, group behaviour unmistakable.
John Lowry 26/7 #234953
Lovely Fairywren
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Adding second picture - adult pair
Tony Ashton 25/7 #234945
Lovely Fairywren
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Four birds seen this morning from tracks at back of park. Good pictures of 3 of 4. Presumed family group.
Tony Ashton 25/7 #234944
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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