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.

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

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May 2018
Sat 12highlightLovely Fairy-Wren
Bushland Beach, Townsville
A pair of Lovely Fairy-Wrens observed about 50 metres away from where I thought I had seen them in 1998 with Jo Wieneke. I have looked around this area repeatedly since then without success.
John Lowry 12/5 #234372
Fri 11Sarus Crane
Crater Lakes National Park--Lake Eacham
A group of 16 Sarus calling as they glided down to land just west of the park, visible from the picnic area. First of the season for me, would appreciate any earlier sightings made.
John Grant 12/5 #234370
Wed 9highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
McDougall Road, Julatten - Lagoon 2, Queensland (Private Property)
2 Spotted Whistling-Duck, reported in the morning by Carol Iles from Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge. Appeared to be adult. This is 1st record for Julatten. Attached image taken at 400mm hand held is highly cropped and poor quality but still able to identify the birds. Private Property - DO NOT ENTER PROPERTY. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 10/5 #234355
Sun 6highlightDouble-banded Plover
mouth of Black River, Bushland Beach
John Lowry 6/5 #234325

April 2018
Sun 29highlightYellow Chat
Normanton-Floraville Rd, Bynoe River crossing, Carpentaria, Queensland, AU
1 male, 2 females. Feeding in short grass and perching on low bush in concert with Zebra finches and Pictorella munias. Bright yellow male had typical black chest crescent. Female had yellow eyebrow and was overall less dull yellow than male. All had pale eyes. Calling from cover. Observed from 5 to 20m away with binoculars and scope for over 10 minutes. Previous proximal ebird records: 2005 same location, 2008 Burketown, 1979 Mt. Isa, 2002 Etheridge. Probably partially represents the chronically under-surveyed nature of the area. Also I was staking out this location for about 2 hours as I have seen Crimson chat and finches here often so could be easily overlooked. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 29/4 #234255
Sat 28Grey Fantail
Garden, Julatten
1st return for year. Several seen in the Julatten area by at least 3 observers. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 28/4 #234246
Fri 27highlightDouble-banded Plover
Cairns Esplanade (southern end)
Found a single bird among the Sand Plovers in nonbreeding plumage. Apparently a first-year bird.
Greg Bortolussi 4/5 #234306
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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