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 2017
Sun 18Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (Torresian)
Lake Tinaroo Caravan Park
Single bird in garden 17 & 18 June. Chased by Blue-faced Honeyeaters. Photos taken. (Moderator's Note: - Very uncommon sighting at this time of year.)
J.Czyz & L.White per Glen White 19/6 #231176
Sat 17Terek Sandpiper
Cairns Esplanade--north end
Around 4.30 pm I observed one Terek Sandpiper resting with Grey-tailed Tattlers, one Eastern Curlew and some Whimbrels. The bird has a section of the top part of its bill missing. (Moderator's note: Over-winterer... maybe because its damage bill may have have hampered its effective feeding for fuel for annual migration)
Michael Schmid 17/6 #231165
highlightRed-necked Avocet (3)
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
3 birds on flooded airport grassland. Follow fence to right from Crash Gate 6. (Moderator's Note: - This appears to be the first Eremaea eBird Record of Red-necked Avocet at the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park)
Ed Pierce 17/6 #231161
Thu 15Topknot Pigeon
Port Douglas
My first sighting of Topknot Pigeon this season. A flock of about 30 birds overflying the highway at about 9.20am
Doug Herrington 22/6 #231206
highlightSouthern Giant-Petrel
Davies Reef North Queensland
Juvenile specimen. Obviously quite off course from his normal migration. Appeared in a healthy condition. Was in the water around our boat over two days. (Moderator's Note: - Original Birdline North Queensland report published mistakenly as a Northern Giant-Petrel. My thanks to both Rob Morris, moderator of Birdline Central and Southern Queensland, and Rolf Jensen, Townsville-based ornithologist, for quickly pointing out to me that the reported bird in the photograph is indeed a first-plumage Southern Giant-Petrel, impossible to tell apart from Northern Giant-Petrel, except by bill colour [greenish end to its bill], which is not too obvious in the submitted photo. Len. Rob has also commented that Interestingly, it's much rarer in Queensland, to see a Southern Giant-Petrel than a Northern GP. Northern GP is regular in SEQ - annual June to September. Southern used to be commoner, but there have only been 1-2 records in SEQ in the last 10 years.)
Tom Barker 16/6 #231157
Sun 11Golden Bowerbird - young male
Sweetwater Lodge Rainfroest Track, Julatten, Qld 4871
A juvenile male Golden Bowerbird was sighted and photographed at an approximate altitude of 420 metres on the private rainforest track at Sweetwater Lodge, Julatten. (Moderator's Note: - Unusually low altitude for this species. Ref. Jo Wieneke, 'Where to find Birds in North-East Queensland' - "Moderately common resident of upland rainforest 700-1500m; occasionally lower in winter." Ref. also Lloyd Nielsen, 'Birds of the Wet Tropics of Queensland & Great Barrier Reef' - "Endemic to the Wet Tropics. A resident of upland rainforest, mostly above 900 metres, sometimes as low as 700 metres, from the Mount Windsor Tableland and Thornton Peak to Paluma.....") Further information
Heather Young and Colin Anderson 19/6 #231175
Tue 6Australasian Shoveler
Cape Cleveland Road Salt Pans
Like finding a needle in a haystack, two Australasian Shovelers found amidst huge numbers of ducks (Grey and Chestnut Teals, Black and Pink-eared Ducks, and Hardheads) and after 4th pass with the telescope on the first salt pan/lagoon on the southern side of the Cape Cleveland Road. One eclipse male and one female only. But as duck numbers are building here, there may be more coming. (One eclipse male Shoveler seen initially by Marleen Acton yesterday.) (eBird list yet to be submitted)
Len and Chris Ezzy 6/6 #231092
Sat 3Australian Grey Teal
Cairns Esplanade (southern end)
eBird checklist
Norton Gill 3/6 #231072
Thu 1Willie Wagtail
"School Dam" Normanton township
1 adult: LEUCISTIC. Noted 2 days ago initially. Same location this morning. Has typical black "hood", eye and beak with white supercilium. Throat/ breast demarcation is typical and breast to vent/undertail coverts is standard bright white. Mantle, rump, upper tail coverts, tail and wings variable light grey/white. Behaviour and call is typical of the species. At initial sighting I noted 2 other adults harassing this bird quite consistently when out in the open. Today seemed to be moving about freely although with a tendency to keep more to cover than others. I have not seen a leucistic specimen of this species previously.
Rob Reed 1/6 #231052

May 2017
Tue 30Red-backed Kingfisher
Cungulla Beach, Queensland, AU
Perched on a powerline beside Goodsell Road as we entered the Township of Cungulla. There are no Eremaea eBird reports of this species in the Cungulla area. This is the first time we have seen it in this environs. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 2/6 #231056
Red-kneed Dotterel
Cape Cleveland Road salt pans
Two immature birds seen with many Black-fronted Dotterels on the southern side of the road on the inundated salt pan closest to the Bruce Highway. Uncommon in this area. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 1/6 #231055
Sat 27Square-tailed Kite
Reedbeds Road, Locality of Cromarty - rainforest area
It was just flying leisurely over the canopy.
Annette J Sibson 31/5 #231051
Fri 26Chestnut Teal
Cape Cleveland Rd salt pans
About 20 Chestnut Teal among the many Grey Teal and Pink-eared Ducks. At leas four males present. (Moderator's Note: - Rarely seen in the Townsville region) eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 26/5 #231010
Red-necked Avocet
Cape Cleveland Rd salt pans
Two Red-necked Avocet among the stilts. (Moderator's Note: - Rarely seen in the Townsville region) eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 26/5 #231009
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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