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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 Keith & Lindsay Fisher and Len & Chris Ezzy. Register for weekly email notifications.

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Moderators' Note

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.

October 2014
Mon 20White-throated Nightjar
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
White-throated Nightjar flushed this morning from southwest boundary fenceline where paperbarks meet mangroves. Large, dark bird with no white showing in wings or tail. Wings more angular and flight much less 'floaty' than Large-tailed. No hint of species presence previously. Too quickly gone for photo.
Tony Ashton 20/10 #220359
Thu 16highlightSpangled Drongo
Orient Beach, coast east of Ingham
500 and more Spangled Drongo trickling in small groups south down coastline and heading slightly inland toward Seaview Range somewhere south of about Mutarnee for more than two hours from about 8.30am today. Also overnight roadkill female Eastern Grass Owl 4km south of Ingham.
Tony Ashton 16/10 #220286
Tue 14Spotted Whistling-Duck
Keatings Lagoon Conservation Park
12 birds now present at the western end of the lagoon, near the Picnic tables.
Stuart Pickering 14/10 #220263
Sun 12Large -Tailed Nightjar
Redden Island (Machans Beach, Cairns)
Lone bird sleeping on side of Lovely Wren track. Great views About 9 am.
Pippy Cannon 14/10 #220262
White-throated Needletail
Newell Beach
15 birds observed flying low along the coast to the south (Moderator:-first record for the season?). eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 12/10 #220211
Sat 11Long-billed Corella
Ingham-Abergowrie road near Ashton (no relation) Hotel
Four Corellas feeding on roadside weeds this morning. Two showing red on face and throat, two very plain white in plumage, so two adults and two immatures, I suppose. Can't recall ever seeing species anyway near Ingham, though still feral flock on Ross River at Townsville, I think?
Tony Ashton 11/10 #220194
Thu 9Red-necked Crake
Tyto Wetlands (Ingham)
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor) feeding along edge of creek pool near osprey nest tree early today. My first sighting in 10 years.
Tony Ashton 9/10 #220165
Wed 8Carpentarian Grasswren
Lady Annie Mine Road
Observed two families of Carpentarian Grasswren 8km along Lady Annie Mine Road, rock pile on the right road in for 1km or less in breakaway country. Used to see them more on the left when we lived here some years ago. Even with all the mining activity now, it's still a great area. Birds were very confiding. Two birds on first breakaway and three birds on the second breakaway.
John & Sue O'Malley 8/10 #220148
Mon 6Latham's Snipe
Orient Road, Toobanna (near Ingham) Queensland
One snipe seen in remnant pool beside the road.
Ian Boyd and Gil Crabtree 6/10 #220101
Pacific Golden Plover
Orient Road, Toobanna (near Ingham) Queensland
One bird seen in a remnant pool of water on the side of the road.
Ian Boyd and Gill Crabtree 6/10 #220100
Sun 5Pacific Golden Plover
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
One plover seen while spotlighting in an open paddock on the property. Early arrival.
Ian Boyd and Gil Crabtree 6/10 #220099
Sat 4Satin Flycatcher
Coquette Point
Possible female Satin Flycatcher in cottonwoods near mangroves no sign of male. First sighting 2014. My impression was that the cap was a darker grey. certainly the tail and wings were brown and her call was not harsh as is a Leadens'. We have a good population of Leadens here in winter but they left early September. So I was surprised to see this bird. Of course it is more likely to be a late Leaden rather than a straggling Satin.
Yvonne Cunningham 5/10 #220088
Eastern Grass-Owl
Cavallaros Road, west of Ingham TNQ
Female Eastern Grass-Owl (Tyto longimembris) spotted at edge of cane field about 9.30pm. Another seen distantly.
Tony Ashton 5/10 #220077
Fri 3Eastern Grass Owl
Mungalla Station-Forrest Beach, Queensland
Two Eastern Grass Owl seen while spotlighting in open paddock on the property. This is private property so permission must be gained before entering.
Ian Boyd, Gil Crabtree and Doug Herrington 6/10 #220098
Wed 1highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
Keatings Lagoon Conservation Park, Cooktown
Two birds present.
Dave Houghton via Keith Fisher 4/10 #220067
Bar-tailed Godwit
Coquette Point
Two Bar-tailed Godwit feeding at sunrise on sand flats. First sighting for the season.
Yvonne Cunningham 1/10 #220000
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Coquette Point
Ten Sharp-tailed Sandpiper feeding on sand-flats Coquette Point, near Innisfail. 1st returns.
Yvonne Cunningham 1/10 #219998

September 2014
Tue 30Rufous Owl
Lake Koombooloomba Road, Ravenshoe
Rufous Owl was a by-product of the ( Little Red) Southern Boobook hunt. Flew in across the moon and settled briefly while Southern Boobook was being called. Location suggests it to be r. queenslandica but seems more rufa by coloration and facial markings.
Jean & Paul Newman 1/10 #220003
Southern Boobook
Lake Koombooloomba Road Ravenshoe
Southern Boobook race lurida. Very pleasing result after a long night of searching for this species. Night birds seemingly very active being picked up regularly in vehicle lights but hard to pin down. Much credit goes to our great friend Del Richards for his suggestion to try this area.
Jean & Paul Newman 1/10 #220001
Sun 28Spotless Crake
Abattoir Swamp (Julatten)
Single bird flushed from under the boardwalk
Doug Herrington 29/9 #219952
Sat 27Little Kingfisher
Bamaga--Muddy Bay 10 43S 142 33E 1' Cell, Queensland, AU
1 Little Kingfisher In same area as seen recently on seaward side, northern extent of reachable mangroves. Able to get very close at times (15m) and watched it feeding actively for about 10 minutes while it stayed comfortable and quite visible at all times. Occasional calls. Clearly race pusillus (PNG, Torres Strait Islands and extreme north Cape York) with some blue extended to upper breast but not the broken blue breast-band of race ramsayi (seen further south in cape York and across NT and it's islands). At one stage an Azure KF was sitting happily on the same mangrove prop root. Calls seem to be quite different when you hear both together. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 27/9 #219910
Mon 22Brush Cuckoo
Coquette Point
Two Brush Cuckoo in paper-bark swamp, first sighting for this season. Saw one heard the other in another tree. Further information
Yvonne Cunningham 22/9 #219853
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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