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. Register for weekly email notifications.

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Moderators' Note

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.

February 2015
Tue 17Yellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Yellow Wagtail seen briefly beside Palm Creek this morning. Sightings of species expected through Nov-Dec but most vanish with first rains and hadn't seen any in past 5 weeks. Also notable, increasing numbers of Zitting Cisticolas seen and heard lately.
Tony Ashton 17/2 #222273
Sat 14Sooty tern (inland - 2km nearest coast)
Bamaga Hospital Grounds
Singe bird grounded. Being dive-bombed by masked lapwings. Black colouring with white forehead. Did not have white-eyebrow or greyish colouring of Bridled. Seemed feisty when boxed up but succumbed a few hours later. Current monsoonal weather event would have been responsible for blowing this bird off course.
Rob Reed 15/2 #222250
Sun 8Cotton Pygmy-goose; Pale-vented Bush-hen
Blakey Crossing (Peewee Creek Lagoon)
One male bird seen feeding in the middle of the Peewee Creek Lagoon upstream from Blakey Crossing. Unusual, but this is the first record in Eremaea eBird of this species in the Louisa Creek - Blakey Crossing precinct. (photo) Another new species for this area; a solitary Pale-vented Bush-hen, which we saw beside a Louisa Ck access track off the east-side of Mather Street about 50 metres south of the intersection with Ingham Road. As our vehicle approached, it quickly headed south and disappeared into the thick, tall grasses beside the track (no photo). eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 8/2 #222163
Sat 7White-faced robin
Bamaga: Lockerbie Scrub 10 46S 142 29E 1' Cell, Queensland, AU
2. After 13 months of searching for this rare bird in this area finally located a nice adult pair again in their known territory. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 7/2 #222149
Thu 5Pied Oystercatcher (leucistic)
Lucinda spit
Light brown and white Pied Oystercatcher, presumably leucistic, seen first with Pelicans and later mingling with other Pied Oystercatchers along sand-spit near high tide line this morning. Also present, as usual for last two years, leucistic Eastern Curlew.
Tony Ashton 5/2 #222123
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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