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.

We support ethical birding .


Moderators' Note

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

Recent Sightings

Follow us on Facebook rss

Reports published in the past 30 hours.

November 2015
Wed 25red-necked Avocet
Inkerman - south of Homehill north Qld.
39 Avocets were sighted during a BirdLife Townsville survey of a fresh lagoon on private property. The birds were among Black-winged stilts, Royal Spoonbills and Grey Teal..
Ian Boyd and others. 25/11 #225624
Yellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station (Forrest Beach)
Pair very plain Yellow Wagtails on lower hymenachne/cattle stand areas this morning. First sighting for the season at the station.
Tony Ashton 25/11 #225617
Tue 24Grey Goshawk
Paluma Village
It was in trees on the road from Paluma Dam to Paluma Village.
Annette Sibson 25/11 #225619
Sun 22Painted Button-quail
Paluma Range National Park
Single individual waling and feeding actively on the side of the road out to Paluma Dam, near second bridge; placid individual, scarcely bothered by vehicles coming past--would resume feeding within seconds. eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 23/11 #225597
Rufous Owl
Riverside Gardens, Douglas, Townsville
4 birds, Mum, Dad and 2 imm. eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 22/11 #225583
Fri 20highlightBlack-winged Monarch
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Solitary bird flew in at the front of the Crake Pond, among roots, at 3.45 pm; good views; photo useful for ID in poor light. Did not stay long at the pond. No further searching. [there are records of this species as far south as Cooktown but there are only two records on Eremaea south of Cooktown, one in December 2011 (at Kingfisher Park) and another in March 2011 at Mt Lewis. This represents the third sighting south of Cooktown on Eremaea]. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine 21/11 #225578
Wed 18Pale-vented Bushen
Cairns, Edge Hill
Heard calling from about 7.00am to 7.15am. 1st we have heard this season. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher. 19/11 #225559
Fri 13Oriental Cuckoo
Riverside Gardens, Douglas, Townsville
First for the season (1) seen about 300mt from Nathan St Bridge towards Douglas Park. eBird checklist
Marleen Acton 13/11 #225493
Mon 9Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge (duplicate to be merged)
Heard near dawn then at least 2 sightings. First here for the season. Large fall of same species also reported Daintree today. Follows on from previous evening when hundreds of Needletails had passed over; day before, hundreds of Drongos. Coincides with sudden rise in humidity. Further information
Carol and Andrew Iles 9/11 #225452
Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher
Euluma Creek Road, Julatten
1st one for the season heard calling in our garden, also arrived at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge overnight. Seems that the main body has arrived in the area since one was reported on Mt. Lewis on 30th October.
Keith and Lindsay Fisher. 9/11 #225442
Sun 8diamond dove
Mapoon Area
at least six
David Milson 10/11 #225462
Red-necked Avocet
"Duck World", Brandon
Spectacular numbers of Red-necked Avocet, several feeding rafts mid-lake. Estimated 1000+, with strong heat-shimmer making counting far birds impossible; flocks constantly moving. See Eremaea list S25745468. This is private property, don't enter without obtaining permission.
Niel Bruce 8/11 #225433
Sat 7Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo
Winfield Park 6km NE of Malanda
First sighted flying over road bridge and located in park shortly thereafter along river. Came to tape readily with good sighting from below at ten metres. Narrow tail profile with fine etched pattern.Judged to be a first year female with dull breast plumage. Bird called for about ten minutes and was pestered by a pair of Mountain Thornbills for a time. Further information
Del. Richards 10/11 #225472
Tue 3Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Riverside Gardens, Douglas, Townsville
1 male seen about 200 metres from Rowing Club towards Nathan Bridge in Leichardt at 7.45am.
Marleen Acton 3/11 #225338

October 2015
Fri 30Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher
Mt Lewis Rd
First of this species I have seen this season. Heard first bird near Daintree Village on 28th October.
Doug Herrington 31/10 #225260
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
This web site is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Creative Commons License