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.

June 2021
Tue 8Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Halloran's Hill, Atherton
Seen very well perched and in flight against good (non-sky) background. It was uniformly white on back, head and front and obviously different to the grey morph normally seen in this area. It was in open forest near vine-thicket on the upper slope of the Hill.
Donald Franklin and John Lindner 8/6 #260298
Mon 7Northern Fantail
Montalbion (NW of Irvinebank)
One at Montalbion Dam and another on the track into Montalbion Pioneer Cemetry. (Moderator's Note: - These observations represent a slight westward extension to their current reported range)
Donald Franklin and John Lindner 8/6 #260297

May 2021
Sun 23highlightGouldian Finch
Normanton between Little Bynoe River and Flinders River next to main road.
Single immature bird. In concert with approximately 35 zebra finches. Noted to be about 15% larger than zebra finches. Back and tail dark olive green. Whole of head grey grading to dark olive green at nape. Upper mandible black tending to grey at base. Lower mandible grey with slightly darker tip of the distal 1/3. Breast buff to light orange. Under-tail coverts off white. Legs dull red to pink. Observed for 45 minutes initially at 15 m from car window when positive identification was made. Out of car with scope and binoculars to around out 8 m for most of that time moving slowly closer gaining confidence of the birds. At one stage bird landed solo 3 to 4 m away on a dead tree at eye level and remained for about 1 minute. It made a typical Gouldian call whilst there. All activity noted in full sun with clear views. Recalls most closely immature Pictorella munia with pinkish legs however in this individual the whole head was distinctly and strikingly grey. Also Pictorella munia tail is dark brown and darkening even further distally. Call is very different. Immature Star finch excluded as its legs are yellow and with no grey head and tail is reddish. Immature Chestnut breasted mannikin excluded as its legs are dark and tail brown. Author is very familiar with Gouldians having spent many years living in Wyndham WA. Also very familiar with immatures of other three finches mentioned. Particularly Pictorella munia which occurs in the same location and can occur in flocks of many hundreds to 1000. This is the first record of Gouldian finch in the South Eastern Gulf area. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 23/5 #260222
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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