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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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November 2018
Thu 15highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, Melaleuca viewing area
Three birds found together on pig-churned drying mud after yesterday's glimpse of one yellow probable adult. May be part family group of adult and two immatures. eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 15/11 #236120
Wed 14highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, Melaleuca view area
Surprise flushing, with 2 Black-Fronted Dotterels, from low water-grasses/weeds close to edge of paragrass; instant recognition of longish tail, strongly white-edged, fading yellow breast and, perhaps, blotchy white-yellow belly; no calls heard; best lookalike shown in Australian Bird Guide as immature/adult; confident ID based on several years tracking and listing Yellow Wagtails around Ingham; long search after sighting failed to find trace of bird; no photo - efforts to remedy that under way. Also Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints
Tony Ashton 14/11 #236114
Tue 13Oriental Plover
Newell Beach
Single bird with 8 Pacific Golden Plovers in field on left as you enter NB from south. (Still present apparently, seen since 2nd November by observers; Moderator).
Steve Smith, Dot Machin, Joyce Vears 13/11 #236108
Sun 11Chestnut Teal
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Gumbooted out from Melaleuca viewing area to photograph several dark birds on water's edge with much lighter Grey Teal. Only this one bird truly stood out from 50-60 but others might prove (in the hand, say) to be Chestnut. Points of difference: darker, warmer all over; lacking white chin, neck; darker head with marked colour change about across the eye; larger forehead (Slater).
Tony Ashton 11/11 #236090
Intermediate egret: PARTIALLY MELANISTIC
Normanton: Corduroy Creek spillover lagoon (part of Mutton Hole Wetlands)
1 solitary adult (without evidence of breeding plumes) had many dark grey/ black feathers on back encompassing mantle, primaries and secondaries. Also, non-contiguous, variably-sized, black patches on full extent of neck, more so on posterior aspect. Otherwise white feathering. Maxilla was almost totally black except for proximal 1/5 which was dull yellow. Distal 1/2 of mandible also black; proximal yellow. Gape did not extend beyond eye. Iris typical yellow. Legs bright yellow to just distal to tibio-tarsal articulation, black below.
Rob Reed 11/11 #236086
Fri 9Spotted Whistling-duck
Lakefield National Park--Catfish Waterhole
A group of 9 swimming and later perching on fallen tree limbs, in the lagoon. This is in the southern section of the National Park and continues to build the numbers of observations and locations as this species spreads south. Photo of the flock perched in Catfish Waterhole day use area.
Peter Valentine, Martin Willis and Gary Blagden 11/11 #236082
Wed 7Square-tailed Kite
Halloran's Hill, Atherton
One, flying low over vine-thicket near top of the Hill. This might be a relatively late-in-the-year record, though noted in a recent paper (Russell & Franklin) "the months of occurrence in the north remain to be defined". It is also not utterly impossible that the species is breeding in the area.
Don Franklin 7/11 #236050
Sun 4highlightRed Necked Avocet (8)
Normanton: Little Bynoe River (private land)
Rarely recorded in the SE Gulf. I recorded 19 and 28 birds mid/late-September this year approx. 80km away. These birds may be from the same group. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 4/11 #236002
highlight Freckled duck (28)
Normanton: Little Bynoe River area - waterhole on private land
28. Doug Herrington and I recorded this rarely seen species earlier this year at Karumba (Delta Downs). Seen today at roost, dabbling and in flight. Not calling. Males did not have reddish bill base in contradistinction to April and June when many did. It appears that this species may have over-wintered in the general area as today's location is about 80km from those earlier reports and this is the largest body of fresh water I can currently locate. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 4/11 #236001
Fri 2highlight White-throated Needletail
Garden, Julatten (restricted access)
Estimated 20 hawking flying termites in mixed flock with White-breasted Woodswallow, Australian Swiftlet and Rainbow Bee-eater. Termites had emerged after a few rain showers. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 2/11 #235973
Oriental Plover
Newell Beach
Foraging in ploughed paddock opposite Rankin Street, (road to boat ramp). At least 4 with Pacific Golden-Plover and Australasian Pipit. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 2/11 #235972

October 2018
Sun 28Pied Currawong
Railway Estate
I came across a pair of Pied Currawongs in the mangroves accessible from the corner of Putt St, and Barnicle St, Railway Estate. One would expect to find these birds on Magnetic Island. None of the local birders I know, know them to be a common bird around Townsville. (Moderator's Note: More commonly an upland forest resident of the mainland and Magnetic Island, occasionally venturing down to the lowlands. This species is becoming more common in the suburbs of Townsville.)
Evie Hanlon 29/10 #235919
Fri 26Metallic Starling
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Single young Metallic Starling with Australasian Figbirds.
Ed Pierce 27/10 #235893
Sat 20Spotted Whistling-Duck
Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park--Kalpowar Crossing
10 Spotted Whistling-Ducks in a pond about 500m from the Kalpowar Crossing. The birds were in the pond between the crossing and the homestead.
Angus McNab 25/10 #235873
highlightYellow Chat
West Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa
At least 20 Yellow Chats at West Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa. 20-10-2018. Photo attached - my count of 20 is a low estimate; there were quite probably 25ish, including at least 5 full adult males in good plumage. Access via road at small radio tower just north of town eastward off the main Barkly Highway. (Moderator's Note: This is quite a significant sighting. The only previous eBird report of Yellow Chat at Lake Moondarra, and in the Mount Isa region generally, was 6 birds on 16-09-1979 Checklist S43773714. Birdata also contains 3 survey points around this area of Mount Isa where Yellow Chat has been reported, but does not link to specific survey lists, numbers or circa)
Joshua Bergmark (Birdquest) 22/10 #235851
Freckled Duck, Oriental Plover
West Lake Moondarra
1 Freckled Duck, and 35 Oriental Plovers. Great birding here at the moment, lots of birds to sift through! Access via road at small radio tower just north of town on main highway.
Joshua Bergmark (Birdquest) 20/10 #235820
Fri 19Satin Flycatcher
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Found male Satin Flycatcher first seen near Melaleuca viewing area on Wednesday at western side of Freshwater hide area between road and track to Bald Rock this morning. No sign of female reported yesterday, nor on Wednesday. (Continuing bird - Confirmation of Birdline NQ report 17/10 #235793)
Tony Ashton 19/10 #235816
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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