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.

May 2015
Fri 29Red-backed Kingfisher
Daintree Village
Single bird, probably a female, on power line outside Daintree primary school. eBird checklist
Kim and Geoff Larmour 29/5 #223411
Mon 25Ground Cuckoo-shrike
2.5 km north of Forsayth on road to Georgetown
One seen perched and in flight in/over open eucalypt woodland.
Don Franklin 29/5 #223405
Sun 24Crested Shrike-tit
Springvale Road, Wondecla State Forest
3x Crested Shrike-tits feeding in Eucalypts about 300metres down the track first on the right about 50 metres after the grid into the State Forest.
Len and Chris Ezzy 26/5 #223380
Diamond Dove
Mt Carbine
Group of at least 30 Diamond Doves on dirt roadside outside the pub.
Kim and Geff Larmour 25/5 #223355
Sat 23Spotted Harrier
McDougall Rd, Julatten
Over cattle paddock, uncommon in area. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 24/5 #223328
Thu 21Diamond Dove
Diamond Dove 7 seen at various points along the road. They have been arriving in the area when the weather dries out for the last couple of years. This is my first sighting at Maryfarms this year. Also seen was one Spotted Harrier and 2 Australian Pratincole . eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 22/5 #223311
Australian Reed Warbler
Townsville Ross R 500m west of Riverway Tavern Douglas
Two birds seen in reeds - not calling. eBird checklist
ivor Preston 21/5 #223304
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Ross River Townsville = 50m west Riverway Tavern Douglas.
Small flock feeding low in trees beside footpath. eBird checklist
Ivor Preston 21/5 #223303
Azure Kingfisher
Ross River Townsville -Riverway complex.
Bird flew up from river edge to pandanus palm. eBird checklist
Ivor Preston 21/5 #223302
Tue 19Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius)
Australian Federal Police building, Machans Beach 4878
Red-backed Kingfisher unusual for Machans Beach. Lone bird reported last Sunday and I found it again this afternoon after work. Very dry inland may be forcing the birds east. eBird checklist
Phillipa Cannon 19/5 #223288
Thu 7Willie Wagtail
Bamaga Hospital Grounds and Surrounds 10 53S 142 23E 1' Cell, Queensland, AU
2 adults. First records for the Tip of Cape York since 8/1995 (at Pajinka Wilderness Lodge) and 1909 (McLennan who spent June and July in the area and saw a single specimen - published in EMU 1911). Another record 8/2011 at Capt. Billy's landing turnoff approx. 120km south. I note there was an e-bird record 2 days ago at Mission River approx. 230km south perhaps indicating northward migration. Draffan (1983, EMU) reports that they are found on NW Torres Strait Islands (presumably resident and race melaleuca of PNG). Atlas has 1 record for ?Torres Strait and HANZAB has CY Tip as blank. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 7/5 #223170
Mon 4Rufous Owl
Figtree Close, Malanda (restricted access)
Rufous Owl sighted at 5.30 pm in the rainforest; flushed by small birds but perched again nearby in mid canopy; very few sightings on the Tableland, Eremaea has only four previous records; Three other owl species known from this site - Southern Boobook, Barking Owl, Sooty Owl. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine with Leonie Valentine 4/5 #223153
Sun 3Sarus Crane
Shead Road, Kairi, Atherton Tablelands
6 Sarus Cranes seen in recently harvested peanut field next to Shead Road, Kairi. First sighting of this bird this season for me.
David Merrall 3/5 #223137
Sat 2Masked, White-browed and Little Woodswallows
Watsonville (near Herberton)
A flock comprising three species soaring high overhead in the middle of the day. They were spread out so couldn't get a good estimate of numbers or proportions of the different species, but sounded like many birds.
John Grant 3/5 #223139
Fri 1Channel-billed Cuckoo
Calling in Burketown in vicinity of Caravan Park every morning of my visit (28 April to 1 May 2015). Two birds were especially active at sunrise on 1 May, with much flying around the town, calling frequently.
Roger Jaensch 4/5 #223150
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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