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. Register for weekly email notifications.

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All reports are not necessarily confirmed and are published here to encourage others to confirm them.

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

July 2015
Tue 7Southern Cassowary
Mt Lewis.
One juvenile near lagoon on the clearing walk.
John Miller 7/7 #223828
Spotted Whistling Duck
Archer River Rd House.
24 Spotted Whistling-Duck on the wetland behind the roadhouse. A pair with 11 well grown young and another pair with 9 less well grown young. On private land but ask at the roadhouse for access.
Andy Jensen, Dave Mitford, Stuart Pickering and Colin Reid 7/7 #223827
Sun 5Bar-breasted honeyeater
Bamaga: Wetlands en route to Jardine River Pump Station 10 58S 142 18E 1' Cell, Queensland, AU
2. Only ever seem to see this bird in pairs in cooler months. Rare resident or cool-season migrant? Probably the latter (blossom nomad). eBird checklist
Rob Reed 5/7 #223812
Pied Currawong
A large group (approx. 50) of currawongs are in the town area. These birds are not usually sighted in this area.
Karyn Lawrence 5/7 #223807
Sat 4White-eared Monarch
Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
Immature White-eared Monarch foraging high outer foliage trees western end Tyto this morning. Possibly only second sighting of species in 11 years.
Tony Ashton 4/7 #223799
Wed 1Pied Currawong
Newell Beach
2 birds seen and photographed. Uncommon in area. Also seen yesterday by Allen Sheather. eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 1/7 #223771

June 2015
Mon 29Freckled duck
Hasties Swamp National Park
Six or so on logs beside shore left of bird hide [this species has been present for a long time in varying numbers and represents an unusual record but continuing; good to keep an occasional post that they are still present - Moderator].
John Miller 29/6 #223741
Mon 22Spotted Harrier
Mount Louisa, Townsville (In home yard, Lavarack Street)
11:00am One Spotted Harrier cruised through our back yard in a southerly direction at about 5 metres elevation in noisy harassing company of Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Magpie-larks. Spotted by Chris through the Kitchen window, it banked left and flew down the side of our house when we rushed to the front verandah where we watched it cross the street and turn right to follow the backyard vegetation of the houses on the opposite side of Lavarack Street. It eventually disappeared from view. This is new bird for our home list in more than 20 years here. Also worth noting is that yesterday in the Birdlife Winter Challenge Count, we spotted a solitary Spotted Harrier at Louisa Creek near the Bunnings reach which is only about 2km distant from here. That also was the first sighting for the Mount Louisa suburb list. We suspect that it was probably the same bird we saw today.
Chris and Len Ezzy 22/6 #223682
Tue 16red-bellied pitta
Torres Strait
red-bellied pitta seen on central islands 17th; and northern islands on 16th June. photos and report from Rangers.
TSRA Rangers via Justin Watson 19/6 #223650
Fri 12Australasian pipit
Bamaga Hospital Grounds and Surrounds 10 53S 142 23E 1' Cell
20. Sudden influx of this bird in/near old paddock. Previous local records are: 1 in Klaus Uhlenhut's "Bird Week" over almost 30 years, 1 in each of Atlas and HANZAB - ?possibly same bird on ?Thursday Island but not mainland. The general area of Cape York "Tip" is a blank in HANZAB. Not so on HBW map. The bird also is found in the E. Highlands/coast of PNG which is of course proximal (approx. 200km). Otherwise 2 records from Lockhart area (Iron Range) and Mission River area south on e-bird approx. 250-300km in a straight line away. This is a repetitive comment, but this would seemingly simply reflect the grossly under-surveyed nature of this general area. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 12/6 #223589
Thu 11Red-backed kingfisher
Bamaga: 1km South of Town just past Cemetry 10 54S 142 22E, Queensland, AU
1. Initially ignored sitting on power line thinking it was a Sacred KF from a distance. When within 10m I saw the distinct features of Red-backed KF - ie. black streaked cap and rufous lower back. Great views from all angles in full morning sunlight. No record of this bird further north than Weipa (approx 300km in a direct line) on e-bird or atlas. HANZAB has the general "Tip" of Cape Yorke area north of Weipa as a blank for this species. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 11/6 #223576
Wed 10Magpie-lark, Blue-faced Honeyeater
Kelso (Townsville)
Have been getting quite large numbers of Magpie-larks and Blue-faced Honeyeaters in mixed flocks passing over my acreage property at Kelso in the evenings, at least since the later weeks of April. Today is the first time I stayed outside watching from around 5:15pm to 5:48pm. A continuous flow of 600+ Magpie-larks & Blue-faced Honeyeaters. Appeared to be more Magpie-larks. Many landed in trees and on power-lines and didn't settle for some time. Dark clouds about. They were coming from a roughly south-easterly direction. Sounded like the neighbours were all out watching too!.
Cheryl-Ann Murkin. 10/6 #223572
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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