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.

May 2020
Wed 20White-headed Pigeon
Two, on ground under a copse of planted trees on main road edge of Mt St Bernard College late yesterday afternoon. Though I disturbed them too soon to confirm feeding, the evident attraction was a carpet of small red berries on the ground. A surprise to see them in this drier country (though they're common at times in upland rainforest just a few km away), and to see them on the ground. However, I see there's previous reports of both behaviours in references cited in HANZAB. With the help of a friend, the fruiting trees have been tentatively identified as Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia), an invasive species. If anyone can confirm or deny this, that'd be interesting (they're the trees hanging out low over the footpath). No sign of the pigeons this morning, but Rainbow Lorikeets were eating fruits still on the tree.
Don Franklin 21/5 #256987
Sat 16highlightAustralian Pratincole
Karumba Delta Downs Road
5000 conservative estimate. One large mass gathering over approximately 1 km length on either side of the road on Delta Downs about 10 km before arriving at Karumba Point turnoff. There is an inordinately large number of grasshoppers this season feeding on the verdant growth subsequent to the ample wet-season. This could well be the attractant for these birds seen in such numbers. It will be very interesting to see whether or not the numbers dissipate during the year as some birds remain year-round in this location.
Rob Reed 16/5 #256961
Sat 9highlightWhite-browed woodswallow
Karumba: Delta Downs, township and along airstrip
250 (conservative estimate). Unusually large numbers for this bird in my 4 year experience of reporting regularly from the area including during and immediately after the "wet season". Black-faced and White-breasted woodswallows no longer the predominant species of this genus currently.
Rob Reed 13/5 #256940
Sun 3Striped Honeyeater
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Juvenile bird, high in coastal tree with 2 White-throated Honeyeaters. eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 3/5 #256871
Striped Honeyeater
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Adult bird in teatree down from crash gate 6. With White-winged Triller and possibly a juvenile Striped Honeyeater, about 11am. (Moderator's Note: This sighting is about 150km outside eBird's reported distribution range) eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 3/5 #256869
Sat 2White-browed Woodswallow
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park--Payet Observation Tower
Several (at least 3) White-browed Woodswallows seen and photographed on dead tree in front of Payet Tower. Possibly a first sighting for the Townsville Town Common.
Teresa Veal 4/5 #256881
White-throated Nightjar
Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre Wetlands
Flushed from edge at the start of boardwalk, ID based on size, wing shape and lack of white patches in wings and tail. eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 2/5 #256862
Fri 1Gouldian Finch
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Bird still active around Crash Gate 8. eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 1/5 #256854

April 2020
Thu 30Brolga
A group of 4 Brolga flew over Atherton at about 11.15 this morning. These are the first cranes I've seen on the tablelands this season. [Jim Bravery recorded birds usually returning to the tableland some time in April but there appears few consistent details about arrival dates: PV].
John Grant 30/4 #256846
Masked lapwing. (V. miles)
Adelaide Street, Cooktown
(All White) Masked Lapwing. Photo Available. Having trouble attaching.
Scott Johnson 30/4 #256841
Mon 27Gouldian Finch
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Followup on sightings by Ed Pierce
Tony Ashton 27/4 #256819
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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