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.

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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.

March 2015
Mon 30Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Budgerigar, Plum-headed Finch
Jones Road, Woodstock
A drive up Jones Rd produced 20 Budgies, 200 Plumheads, 5 Black-throated Finch, 1 Brown Songlark, 2 Red-backed Kingfishers plus around 150 White-browed and 20 Masked Woodswallows.
Marleen Acton 30/3 #222773
Mon 23Australian Little Bittern
Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
Australian Little Bittern glimpsed dropping into scleria 100m West of lookout about 9.20am. First sighting of species for about 3 months, in area least expected being thinnest and least isolated patch of scleria in the main lagoon. Perhaps a male.
Tony Ashton 23/3 #222693
Sun 22Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Eastern Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla tschutschensis) colouring up nicely at Mungalla Station as presumed departure time draws nearer. Two birds seen today. Picture from closer encounter three days ago.
Tony Ashton 22/3 #222673
Little Eagle
Bamaga Hospital Grounds and Surrounds
1. Light morph adult .My first sighting in this general area. Seen perched from many angles and great flight views of underwing pattern numerous times as it went to ground and back to perch feasting on freshly discarded turtle carcass. I note only 2 E-bird records in Cape York in the last 20 years: Pajinka 1995 and Iron Range 2009. Most records are from Musgrave and Cooktown area about 600-700km south. Atlas has 2 records: Weipa area and inland nearby.
Rob Reed 22/3 #222670
Wed 11Latham's Snipe
Platypus Close, Yungaburra, Queensland
Half dozen Latham's Snipe resting, bathing and preening in shallow water at lake's edge. Access via public easement to water off Platypus Close. Have been present now for four days.
Don Caswell 11/3 #222519
Fri 6Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, Black-chinned Honeyeater
One or two Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens were in vine scrub merging into mangroves at the edge of town on 6 March. Groups of Black-chinned Honeyeater (golden-backed form) foraged in 'ghost gums' in the caravan park throughout the week 27 Feb to 6 Mar (cropped photo attached).
Roger Jaensch 9/3 #222489
Thu 5highlightRed-footed Booby
Michaelmas Cay, NE of Cairns
5 Red-footed Booby (2 adult and 3 juvenile) roosting on rear railings of one of the moored tenders/glass-bottomed boats on arrival at the cay this morning on a reef trip with SeaStar. Most of the other usual birds for the cay also present.
Phil Gilmour and Carole Helman 5/3 #222431
Wed 4Great-billed Heron
Albert River estuary
Flying low across the river between mangrove-lined banks, a few km upstream of the river's sea mouth (about 27 km NE of Burketown). A massive pale-brown heron with dark primaries and secondaries.
Roger Jaensch 9/3 #222488
Great-billed Heron
Gin Arm Creek
Flying along a minor tidal creek through relatively narrow stands of mangroves, near the creek's junction with Gin Arm Creek, which is a northern distributary of the Nicholson River. Site was about 28 river-km upriver from the sea mouth of Gin Arm Creek.
Roger Jaensch 9/3 #222487
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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