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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 Keith & Lindsay Fisher and Len & Chris Ezzy. Register for weekly email notifications.

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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.

December 2014
Sun 14Rufous Owl
Riverside Gardens, Douglas, Townsville
4 Rufous Owl, mum, dad and 2 well-developed youngsters high in trees, riparian to Ross River.
Ed Pierce 14/12 #221341
Sat 13Sooty Oystercatcher
Weipa Harbour
2 birds flying over ahead of monsoon storms
Ben Bright 13/12 #221325
Fri 12Spotted Whistling-Duck
Cattana wetlands
First noticed by Jacqui Bennett and Michael Chapman, a group of 10 Spotted Whistling-Duck was resting on the north-western shore of the large lagoon (Jabiru Lake) in the late afternoon. Good views through our binoculars and scope. Photo from the back of my camera attached; full eBird list to follow once I'm back home.
Elliot Leach; Jacqui Bennett; Michael Chapman; Bill McDonald 13/12 #221317
Red-necked Crake
Abergowrie State Forest--Broadwater
Whilst watching some honeyeater take a bath in a small stream on the rainforest track. I heard a noise behind me, only to find a single Red-necked Crake trying to slink away undetected.
Andrew O'Brien 12/12 #221313
Thu 11highlightGouldian Finch
Field Road - Woodstock Locality
One only Gouldian Finch (Black-headed form) It was about 1.5 off the ground on a fence near the road on the corner of Field Road and the Flinders Highway, near the bus stop. I watched it for about 2 minutes. It was Thursday morning at about 7:45am. This beautiful bird had a black head with blue around it, a purple chest and yellow under-belly. The bird flew in to about 1 metre distant and did not seem phased by its proximity to a human. (Moderator's note: - Most likely an aviary escapee)
Jessie (surname withheld on request - per Len Ezzy) 12/12 #221298
Wed 10Beach Stone-curlew
Spotted a pair of Beach Stone-curlew's hanging out with a multitude of small waders on the bank across from the boat ramp.
Andrew O'Brien 10/12 #221282
Sun 7Blue-faced Parrot-Finch
Mt Lewis, (Julatten)--10km clearing
Single bird seen at around 7:30am in the grasses at the clearing. Difficult to find as there were at least a couple of dozen Red-browed Firetail feeding there as well. It's call gave it away.
Hickson Fergusson 8/12 #221256
Oriental Cuckoo
Riverside Gardens, Douglas, Townsville
3 maybe more OCs high in raintrees, rarely left tree tops, many other cuckoos present eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 7/12 #221214
Fri 5highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Cape Bowling Green
One, with Red-necked Stint, in the pools on top of the spit. eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 7/12 #221221
Pacific Golden Plover
Hasties Swamp National Park
Single bird foraging with small flock of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper; distinctive stance, head shape, beak, markings on wings and head and colour and size. Sighting was on northwestern bank of lake and the bird stayed there for the full hour of observation (from 7.10 am until 8.10 am). This species has been recorded only once before at this site, by Keith and Lindsay Fisher in October 1995. Good views in scope from eastern bank. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine 5/12 #221177
Tue 2highlightAustralian Brush-turkey (Cape York race 'purpureicollis')
Mt Lewis, FNQ
A single adult bird of Cape York race seen very well & closely with photographic evidence seen not too far from the top clearing - it had a pure purple/white collar with absolutely no hint of yellow on it. This I believe represents the most southerly record of this race by a fair distance.
Martin Cachard & Judy Leitch 3/12 #221145
Yellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Three Yellow Wagtails seen today (and two days ago) along sides of Palm Creek. Seldom staying long anywhere but never far from water, Pix. Earlier pix on blog. Further information
Tony Ashton 2/12 #221136
Mon 1Long-Tailed Finch
Belleview and Nichum Stations northwest from Chillagoe.
Individual birds and three flocks up to 20-30 birds on dams over a period of two weeks in November/December 2014.
Dick Eussen - Wayne Peacock 14/12 #221329

November 2014
Thu 27highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Approximately 2000 White-throated Needletail, with approximately 50 Fork-tailed Swift mixed in moving in a westerly direction seen over Mossman. This is my first sighting of such a large flock this season. The flock stretched out of sight to the south and the north as the moved in a westerly direction so the estimate of 2000 birds is on the conservative side. eBird checklist
Doug Herrington 27/11 #221051
Wed 26highlightYellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Four Yellow Wagtails at various times along and close to Palm Creek today. Three seen yesterday.
Tony Ashton 26/11 #221036
Tue 25highlightSpotted Whistling-Duck
Mango Farm Dam at Lockhart River
Two Adults with six or more almost fully fledged young
D Milson and N Drogemuller 29/11 #221077
highlightRed Goshawk
Andoom Road, Weipa
Two birds hanging around nest.
D Milson and Neil Drogemuller 29/11 #221076
Sat 22Eastern Grass Owl
Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
Two female and one male Eastern Grass Owl flushed from swamp ricegrass at western end of main lagoon this morning. Also Red-backed Button Quail in tree reveg/weed area at north end of first (kidney) lagoon.
Tony Ashton 23/11 #220988
highlightKelp Gull
Seisia wharf, Bamaga Cape York Tip
1. About 150m south of wharf on water's edge among much human activity, mainly boats. Typical mature Kelp Gull of southern Australia: approx. 60cm size, vermillion patch lower (only) mandible near tip (excluding Pacific), dull grey-green legs, broad white trailing edge to wings and all-white tail readily seen in flight. Closest possible vagrant phenotypically would be Lesser black-backed gull but did not have the bright yellow legs in the birds (Heuglin's) I had seen this year at Mai-Po marshes. 4 previous most northerly records in Cairns (on ebird) between 1988 and 2005. Local fishing guide John Charlton alerted me to a "large, lonely gull hanging around the wharf". eBird checklist
Rob Reed 22/11 #220962
Fri 21Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher
1km offshore just south of Cullen Point, Western Cape York
Came from NW direction, looked tired! Also noticed Cattle Egrets today and a few days ago from same direction 6 first time 3 today, all breeding plumage.
David Milson & Neil Drogemuller 21/11 #220937
Thu 20highlightKelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Seisia near Bamaga, North Queensland
Spotted flying around the wharf at Seisia. It landed on the beach and was photographed there.
David Baume, Master of the cargo vessel Trinity Bay 23/11 #220999
Wed 19Black Falcon
TinarooFalls Rd near Favier Rd intersection
A Black Falcon shortly before dusk, briefly pursuing mynahs and then landing on top of large fig in paddock, possibly to roost.
John Grant 20/11 #220925
Yellow Wagtail
Harper Ave, Lake Tinaroo
Two Yellow Wagtails on spit to east of Harper Ave. Both dull plumaged, one quite gray and probably a juvenile. Also 2 Marsh Sandpipers and a Greenshank present.
John Grant 20/11 #220924
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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