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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February 2020
Sat 15highlightGrey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Birthday Creek Falls, Paluma Range National Park- Qld AU
Surprise sighting of a solitary Grey Wagtail at the Birthday Creek Falls, feeding in the 200 metre reach upstream, above the falls. eBird checklist
Len & Chris Ezzy 16/2 #245471
Wed 12Pacific Swift (AKA Fork-tailed Swift), White-throated Needletail
Yungaburra, Tablelands, AU-QLD
A large flock of Pacific Swifts (AKA Fork-tailed Swift) over town about 5pm, with 2 Needletails seen among them. Estimate 500+ but possibly manĂ½ more. Local birders should also look out for House Swifts in these flocks, 2 probables seen (but better views required).
John Grant 13/2 #245453
Fri 7Mangrove Robin
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Bird heard, mournful whistle (Morcombe) Sighted flying up from water, then alighting on low branches. A couple of long distance photographs taken. On the road to Bald Rock. eBird checklist
Annette Sibson 8/2 #244404
Tue 4highlightFork-tailed Swift, White-throated Needletail
Wonga Beach
A very large flock of Swifts, almost all Fork-tailed, spread over an area from Rocky Point to the Daintree Ferry turnoff, total difficult to estimate because they were unevenly spread and many were high, but conservatively I would estimate 2-3000 birds. All birds seen well enough to ID were Fork-tailed except for 2 Needletails.
John Grant 8/2 #245404
Sat 1Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher
Ross River Bush Gardens
Single bird.
Ed Pierce 1/2 #244370

January 2020
Sun 26Black Bittern
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, new borrow pits
Male. Flushed from west side of middle pool at new borrow pits. May have landed in first pool (nearest of the 3 to road) but not refound. No sign or sound of species in over 4 weeks of following Spotted Whistling Ducks at the pits. No pictures.
Tony Ashton 26/1 #244334
Sat 25Black-tailed Native-hen
Warruma Swamp, Mt. Garnet
Wading in shallow water near bank across from the picnic shelter, about 80mts away at midday. Two adult Black-tailed Native-hens, one male with darker face and more strongly coloured bill, one female. Pictures taken from about 50mts. Only three previous records in Ebird for the Tablelands; July 2016 one bird Nardellos Lagoon, Oct 2009 one bird Hasties Swamp NP and Nov 2002 'x' birds Mt Carbine Reservoir. Also in the same area was one Marsh Sandpiper, photo in ebird list. eBird checklist
Mark and Angela McCaffrey 26/1 #244338
Wed 22Red-backed Button-quail
One flew several times into screen door, though seemingly more of a flutter than a crash, at c. 8PM (i.e.well after dark). Allowed me to pick it up from lawn 5 m away. When released near long grass further from lights, it promptly flew near-vertically out of sight. Very small button-quail; had dark spots on flanks (not shown in photo). Assume an adult female though red not extensive on face. HANZAB states "May migrate at night; one record of bird killed when it flew into a window at night ...."
Don Franklin & Peter Holbery 23/1 #244322
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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