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.

March 2019
Mon 18Apostlebird
Mt Low, Townsville
6 birds feeding and resting in garden. Second time inside of 12 months for this species in my garden. Most unusual this close to coast, only second sighting for Townsville east of the dam. eBird checklist
John Lowry 18/3 #238040
Tue 5Square-tailed Kite
One, quartering low over town fringe and adjacent forest. Could this be a first arrival on migration from the south?
Don Franklin 5/3 #236932
Mon 4highlightAustralian Painted Snipe
Nome, Townsville
1 male Australian Painted Snipe was first seen by Kate Godfrey as she drove through the gate of her property. The bird was in a large puddle of water left over from recent flooding. The bird was quite flighty and in grass about 30cm high so a photo was unobtainable however confirmed by 3 others. The snipe spooked and flew across the road and landed in tall (1mt) grass. Kate has not seen the bird since this sighting. eBird checklist
Kate Godfrey, Alf & Marleen Acton, Pat Charlton. 7/3 #236956
Black Bittern
Louisa Creek north of Woolcock Street
As we approached the creek, at about 8:00 a.m. Sunday, this Black Bittern flushed from the reed-beds near the Woolcock Street traffic bridges and flew downstream and landed on a limb overhanging the creek (for a couple of minutes, about 100 metres down). Reported infrequently at this location. Excuse the delay of this report. Eremaea Birdline database has been down, but is now back up and running. eBird checklist
Len & Chris Ezzy 5/3 #236941

February 2019
Sun 24Pied Heron
Webb Drive Industrial Estate, Townsville, Queensland, AU
4 x Pied Herons seen together in the Marshlands encompassed by the northern end of Webb Drive, Taryn Street, and Matthew Street. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 24/2 #236916
Wed 20Baillon's Crake
Beachmount Rd (Wunjunga Wetlands) Burdekin, Queensland, AU
Two birds were sighted. This sighting of these birds here is a first for us.
Graham and Denise Holder 20/2 #236883
highlightLittle Ringed Plover
Beachmount Rd (Wunjunga Wetlands) Burdekin, Queensland, AU
Continuing bird. This little fellow is still here after all the substantial flooding around this site.
Graham and Denise Holder 20/2 #236859
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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