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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October 2016
Sun 23Golden bowerbird
Birthday Creekfalls, Paluma NP
Male bird actively defending and undertaking housekeeping at his bower.
Brendan Cook 25/10 #229000
Sat 22highlightCommon Starling
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park Melaleuca Viewpoint
Rarely seen this far north
Ed Pierce 23/10 #228976
Brolga with chick
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park Melaleuca Veiwpoint
Brolga not uncommon, but chicks not seen often on the Common
Ed Pierce 23/10 #228975
Thu 20Wood Sandpiper
Normanton: small abandoned dam at end of Woodward St. in the township
1. This adult bird in non-breeding plumage has been present at the abandoned dam at the end of Woodward St. in the township for the last 3 days. Although the area is plagued by children swimming, quad bikes etc generally after school or on weekends, it seems to have adapted well to being a "town bird" thus far. Consistently feeding in a tight trio with a Greenshank and a Marsh Sandpiper. This is the first record on E-Bird for the south-eastern Gulf region and probably simply reflects the area being comparatively under-surveyed.
Rob Reed 20/10 #228948
Mon 17highlightBlack-faced/Black-winged Monarch hybrids
The attached photograph shows a bird accompanying the heavily marked bird in the second report. There are strong indications that the birds are a pair. Once again, the photo should be considered in conjunction with notes published in (Moderator's Note: - Please see Paul Newman's report to Birding.Aus - Further Information field below) Further information
Paul Newman 18/10 #228932
highlightBlack-faced/Black-winged Monarch hybrids
The attached photo shows a (presumed) male bird at site 3. Notes relating to this bird can be viewed at (Moderator's Note: - Please see Paul Newman's report to Birding.Aus - Further Information link below) Further information
Paul Newman 18/10 #228931
highlightBlack-faced/Black-winged Monarch hybrids
A considerable number of Monarchs have been observed and photographed in the Julatten NQ region which do not conform to expectations. BFM's are reasonably common, BWMs are extremely rare. After careful consultation with others, the conclusion has been drawn that the two species have interbred. A more detailed set of notes has been prepared and forwarded to which should be read in conjunction with the attached photographs in this and the following two reports #228932 and #228931. I thank the Moderators of Birdline Nort Queensland for their courtesy in allowing me to present the birds in this mixed manner as I have no means of uploading details in any other way while travelling. The first photo shows the first bird observed at Site 1. (Moderator's Note: - Please see Paul Newman's report to Birding.Aus - Further Information link below) Further information
Paul Newman 18/10 #228930
Sun 16Little Curlew
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, Melaleuca Viewing Point
Same (?) 3 birds, flew in around 10:30am. Better picture, no young dingos chasing everything that they coud see, like they were yesterday!
Ed Pierce 17/10 #228919
Crimson Finch
Bushland Beach
Not the first record for this location but first record of breeding. Two birds at nest in Pandanus at southern end of Bushland Beach. Photo shows female in front of nest.
John Lowry 16/10 #228882
Sat 15Cicadabird
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park--Freshwater Lagoon Car Park
Single male
Ed Pierce 15/10 #228879
leucistic Chestnut Breasted Mannakin
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park--Payet Observation Tower
Single bird in flock of around 40 birds. distant photo
Ed Pierce 15/10 #228878
highlightlittle curlew
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park Melaleluca Viewpoint
3 birds, chased away by 2 young dingos! Very poor photo attached
Ed Pierce 15/10 #228877
Wed 12Dollarbird
Kelso Drive, Kelso (Townsville suburb)
First sighting of this species by me this season. Bird was perched on electricity wire beside the road.
Ian Boyd 13/10 #228855
Mon 10highlightAustralian LIttle Bittern
Tyto Wetlands (Ingham)
Female and male Little Bitterns in scleria on western side of hide about 10am. Female noticed first, making short flight from scleria to more scleria 20m away. Male then spotted within scleria and seen to snatch frog (prob Peron's treefrog). My first sighting for about nine months. Distant pic
Tony Ashton 10/10 #228814
Fri 7Little Curlew
Western Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa
3 feeding on the shoreline. Very few other waders around unfortunately.
Joshua Bergmark 8/10 #228794
Tue 4Papuan Pitta
Iron Range N.P - Gordon Creek
While trying to find a calling Noisy Pitta which had gone quiet on approach, I rounded a tree and lifted my binoculars to the bird hopping in front of me to discover a splendid Papuan Pitta, which almost gave better views than I had here in January when specifically looking for them! Big surprise at this time of year - probably overwintering. One early Black-winged Monarch in the rainforest, but no Spotted Whistling Ducks anywhere.
Joshua Bergmark 4/10 #228766
Little Curlew
Iron Range Airport (Lockhart River)
9 freshly arrived birds feeding actively very close to the fenceline - great views!
Joshua Bergmark 4/10 #228765
Sun 2Tooth-billed Bowerbird
Mt Lewis
First display court seen this season. Only 5 Native Ginger leaves placed thus far. eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 2/10 #228746
Little Curlew
Not a commonly seen bird in the area. eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 2/10 #228745
Sat 1highlightGreat Knot
Black River, Bushland Beach
Bird showing leg band from Chongmin-Dao [Shangai region], China.
John Lowry 1/10 #228721
Black River, Bushland Beach
Single bird, rare sighting at this location.
John Lowry 1/10 #228720
Curlew Sandpiper
Black River, Bushland Beach
Single bird, unusual at this location, only the second sighting in 10 years.
John Lowry 1/10 #228719

September 2016
Fri 30highlightSpangled Drongo
Lakefield National Park--Marina Plains
Hundreds of migrating drongos passed overhead in large flocks of around ~20 each all morning, seemingly following the coast on their way south. Biggest observable migration spectacle I have witnessed in Australia - very interesting. I have also noted similar movements in the past few days at Iron Range NP further north, though not such large flocks in such a consistent direction. Also one White-throated Needletail flying purposefully in the same direction.
Joshua Bergmark 4/10 #228767
highlightGrey Falcon
Wills Development Road
Good scope views of a Grey Falcon perched in dead tree just to the right (western side) of radio tower 20 minutes before sunset. Inactive nest in tower. Tower is the first one if approaching from the Bourke and Wiils Roadllouse - 46 kms along the road. If approaching from Gregory Downs it is the third tower 100kms from GD.
Judith Hoyle, Peter and Gavin O'Meara 1/10 #228723
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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