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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.

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1/29/2014

Moderators' Note

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


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April 2014
Sun 20Blue-faced HoneyeaterKewarra Beach / Cairns
Noticed that there are few sightings reported of Blue-faced Honeyeaters in Cairns. None since 2011. Had 2 landing in my garden this morning (1 male & 1 juv), but they received a rather hostile reception by the locals including Spangled Drongos. Saw another two about 5 minutes later and again flying in from the mountains, but unsure whether just the same birds.
G. Santos 20/4 #217423
Fri 18Southern BoobookAdels Grove
Great birding in this distant place. Night birds very active and approachable. Hunting nightjars this evening.
Jean & Paul Newman 20/4 #217435
Mon 14Mangrove Grey FantailKarumba Point
Bird located during search for WB Whistler. Expected to be located further north-west. Three birds on mangroves east of Karumba Point
Paul Newman 14/4 #217331
Sun 13Red-headed HoneyeaterKarumba Point
Searched general mangrove areas around Karumba and Karumba Point. Numbers appear to be limited. Female not located.
Jean & Paul Newman 14/4 #217329
Sooty TernKewarra Beach / Cairns
This Sooty Tern at Kewarra Beach is probably a victim of cyclone Ita. Was found by the beach shivering and hardly alive. Perished a couple of hours later. Pretty well camouflaged amongst the beach debris; stayed undetected on a narrow stretch of beach with scores of dogs passing by.
G. Santos 13/4 #217293
highlightWhite TernHasties Swamp National Park
Adult bird found exhausted by Peter Lloyd this morning. Currently in my care.
John Grant 13/4 #217288
Tue 8Great-billed HeronSmithburne River estuary
Flushed in broad block of mangroves at junction of minor tidal creek with Smithburne River, about 23 km upriver from the sea mouth but only 6 km east of the nearest coast.
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217386
Sun 6highlightLittle Egret (possible hybrid with Pied Heron)Normanton (saltmarsh at Corduroy Crossing)
In saltmarsh near the highway just east of the Norman River bridge, a heron with characteristics of Little Egret and of Pied Heron, feeding among many individuals of both species. Structure was of Little Egret but legs and lower mandible were yellow-green, plumes on hind-crown and mantle were like Pied Heron's, and much of hind-neck and back were dark blue-grey. At the time, many hundreds of both species were nesting in a colony about 20 km distant.
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217387
highlightFlock Bronzewing, Black Falcon, Little Curlew, Zitting CisticolaKarumba Plain
Singles of Flock Bronzewing, Black Falcon and Little Curlew on central or eastern parts of the grass plain traversed by the highway, east of Karumba, on 5 or 6 April. One bird of a pair of Zitting Cisticolas was carrying an object that may have been nest material (see photo).
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217385
Sat 5highlightGreat Crested GrebeKarumba
On ponds near golf course.
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217384
Blue-faced HoneyeaterBarlow Park, near cnr Scott St & Aumuller Sts, Portsmith. Cairns
single adult Blue-faced Honeyeater dive-bombed a lone dog walker near this intersection - quite an uncommon bird in the Cairns lowlands, although they are an uncommon but regular visitor along the Northern Beaches of Cairns & around Lake Placid/Caravonica area in winter times.
Dinah Peatey vvia Martiin Cachard 7/4 #217216
Wed 2Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Lathams SnipeMungalla Station (Forrest Beach, Queensland)
1 vibrant yellow Wagtail seen on the fence then flew to ground near old cattle yards. Disappeared over the fence into water hyacinth, not seen again, no time for a photo. Also at the same spot 3 Latham's Snipe on small island in creek.
Marleen Acton 4/4 #217124
Tue 1White-breasted WhistlerKarumba Point
Searched the mangroves for the male which we had photographed here in 2007. Found the female instead which was equally rewarding. Such a big and imposing bird; massive beak and a body well in excess of other female whistlers.
Jean & Paul Newman 15/4 #217352
Stubble QuailKairi district
Both Male and Female photographed on outskirts of Kairi
Jean & Paul Newman and Jack Leighton 2/4 #217079

March 2014
Mon 31Barn OwlMt Molloy
Three birds seen during drive near Wetherby Station
Paul Newman and Del Richards 2/4 #217080
Crested Shrike-titWondecla State Forest, including Springvale Road
About half way between the grid and the turnoff to the cattle yards, in a tall lemon-scented gum. First noted by single call which was not repeated, the bird spent 10 minutes feeding high in the gum tree providing good views if difficult photographic opportunities. ID Photo only. Seen at 3.00 pm. Single adult seen although others may have been around. (Moderator Note:- This is a regular location for this hard to see species in the far north).
Peter Valentine 31/3 #217057
Sat 29Black BitternDaintree River cruise
After 15 years of abject failure,finally landed this one. The bird, as usual, gave little opportunity for a studio quality portrait. All credit to Del for making the initial sighting.
Paul Newman and Del Richards 30/3 #217012
Great-billed HeronDaintree River cruise
Went a'cruisin with Del Richards and Ian Worcester. Found a compliant juvenile who posed before retreating into the shadows
Paul Newman 30/3 #217011
April 2014
Sun 13highlightWhite TernHasties Swamp National Park
Adult bird found exhausted by Peter Lloyd this morning. Currently in my care.
John Grant 13/4 #217288
Sun 6highlightLittle Egret (possible hybrid with Pied Heron)Normanton (saltmarsh at Corduroy Crossing)
In saltmarsh near the highway just east of the Norman River bridge, a heron with characteristics of Little Egret and of Pied Heron, feeding among many individuals of both species. Structure was of Little Egret but legs and lower mandible were yellow-green, plumes on hind-crown and mantle were like Pied Heron's, and much of hind-neck and back were dark blue-grey. At the time, many hundreds of both species were nesting in a colony about 20 km distant.
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217387
highlightFlock Bronzewing, Black Falcon, Little Curlew, Zitting CisticolaKarumba Plain
Singles of Flock Bronzewing, Black Falcon and Little Curlew on central or eastern parts of the grass plain traversed by the highway, east of Karumba, on 5 or 6 April. One bird of a pair of Zitting Cisticolas was carrying an object that may have been nest material (see photo).
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217385
Sat 5highlightGreat Crested GrebeKarumba
On ponds near golf course.
Roger Jaensch 17/4 #217384
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