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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October 2019
Mon 28Little Curlew
France Road turf farm, Edmonton, Cairns, Queensland
5 Little Curlew seen (from our big yellow bird hide) with 3 Pacific Golden Plovers at about 3.40pm about 100m from the large sugar cane mud piles. They all eventually flew, calling as they flew over us, circled and landed for one second very close to us, were bombed by a Masked Lapwing and landed again about 70m in front of us. Bills short, downcurved, dark grey with pink base. Dark eyeline, Mohawk observed through binoculars on crown, higher at the back.. eBird checklist
Jannette and Peter Manins 29/10 #241637
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Townsville Town Common--Pandanus Viewing Area
One bird briefly seen with 2 Pipits this morn. Long distance picture. eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 28/10 #241628
Wood Sanpiper
Hasties Swamp Bird Hide
3 Wood Sandpipers together opposite hide at about 7am, along wth 8 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers but remained separate from them; all three took off together and flew to the southest, not seen subsequently.
John Grant 28/10 #241623
Tue 22Asian Dowitcher
Cairns Esplanade
Single bird showing well both morning and afternoon in with godwits.
Dion Hobcroft 22/10 #241570
Banded Honeyeater
Tinaroo Falls Dam
At least 2 adult birds by the road crossing below the dam, with 7 other honeyeater species in flowering mistletoe, callistemon and eucalyptus.
John Grant 22/10 #241569
highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Hasties Swamp Bird Hide
One juvenile bird on mud opposite hide about 11 AM. No sign of Wood Sandpiper today.
John Grant 22/10 #241568
Mon 21Wood Sandpiper
Hasties Swamp Bird Hide
1 opposite hide on muddy edge, along with 3 Marsh Sandpipers and 6-8 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
John Grant 21/10 #241561
highlightPeregrine Falcon ssp japonensis
Cairns CBD.
I'm still waiting on BARC to confirm. We will be trying to get better photo's this year. eBird checklist
Norton Gill. 21/10 #241553
Sat 19Black Bittern, Pale-vented Bush-hen
Freshwater Lake (Centenary Lakes)
Single bittern seen in northern-most channel/creek, initially on log in creek, then later on mud edge. Seen by 14 observers, as was single bush-hen on water's edge close to park entrance. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 26/10 #241594
Tue 15Spotted Whistling-Duck
Freshwater Lake (Centenary Lakes) - Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns
10 Spotted Whistling Ducks were loafing on the bank near the pagoda on next to Freshwater Lake. They subsequently flew into the water beside where they were roosting.
Miles Ramm 28/10 #241631
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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