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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 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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July 2015
Wed 29Crimson Chat
Nettlefield Road, Woodstock, Queensland
One Crimson Chat (possibly immature male non-breeding, or female) observed feeding on the ground in the company of Zebra Finches. Very rarely reported in the Townsville Region. This sighting is about 200 km NE of their accepted range.
Annette and Ray Sutton 30/7 #224037
Wed 22Australasian Shoveler
Hasties Swamp National Park
Seen near shore directly opposite from hide eBird checklist
Doug Herrington & John Pearson 22/7 #223966
Tue 21Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
Portland Roads entrance to township
Two birds feeding in tree, close to mangroves. [although previously known from this location and a bower site is nearby, there are no records of 2015 sightings so worth noting: moderator]
John Miller 22/7 #223962
Wed 15Square-tailed Kite
Tyto Wtlands
Square-tailed Kite low over trees at eastern edge of wetlands. continued east over town. Brown Goshawk in almost same air space at same time but no interaction.
Tony Ashton 15/7 #223905
Tue 14Black-throated Finch
Daves Dam, Kondaparinga Rd, North of Mt Carbine (restricted access)
14 mainly adults but including at least 2 immature birds coming down to drink at dam along with 44 Diamond Dove, 7 Double-bar Finch and 17 Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 15/7 #223903
White-gaped Honeyeater
Cooktown Crossing, Mitchell River - Hurricane Station
2 birds heard before seeing one in riverine vegetation. !st confirmed sighting from this location to my knowledge. There has been a couple of unconfirmed birds heard here previously. There are regular records from McLeod River about 10kms away. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 15/7 #223902
Sun 12Red-capped Robin
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
Male in the national park carpark. Apparently there have been other sightings in the area recently.
Barry Davies and Rob Elvish 12/7 #223884
Plum-headed Finch
Truck layby, Bruce Highway just south of Helen's Hill, c20km S Ingham
100-plus Plum-headed Finch in guinea grass and canefield weeds on eastern side of truck layby. Very uncommon species near Ingham. Also 5 Budgies, about 20 Zebs, some Crimsons and more than 150 Chestnut-breasted Manikins.
Tony Ashton 12/7 #223875
Great Crested Grebe
Lakeside area of Lake Tinaroo, via Harper and Esplanade streets
Pair swimming about. [Moderator comment: while well known from closer to the dam wall, near the Education Centre for example, this species is not often reported from the Tinnaburra end of the lake. Abundant and almost always present at Lake Barrine and recently also reported at Lake Eacham.]
Don Caswell 12/7 #223874
Tue 7Pale-vented Bushen
Rex Highway, Julatten
About 1 km west of Euluma Creek Road standing on the highway, just missed hitting it as did a cane truck. Unusual to see at this time of year.
Keith Fisher 15/7 #223901
Southern 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
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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