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.

January 2015
Sun 25highlightPied Heron
Orient Station, Ingham
16 Pied Heron standing on low dirt ridge in flooded paddock this morning. Biggest group of this species I've ever seen near Ingham. Nearby, three Zitting Cisticola, pair Red-winged Parrot.
Tony Ashton 25/1 #221942
Sat 24Fork-tailed Swift
Mount Louisa--suburb, Queensland, AU
On our return home 9:15am, we pulled into our driveway to be surrounded by hawking/feeding Fork-tailed Swifts. Some very low at tree-top height and extending to altitudes where we could just make them out through binoculars. Estimated numbers at that time 1500 (+) and now at 10:45am the numbers have dwiindled to about 50 to 60. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 24/1 #221921
Thu 22Red-necked Crake
Queen's Gardens, Townsville
Pair with four very recently hatched chicks feeding at puddles on the bitumen paths. Adults relatively tame and easily observed. eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 23/1 #221907
Sun 18Hutton's Shearwater
Weipa Pelagic
Single bird observed 25nm NW of Weipa.
Ben Bright 18/1 #221851
Sat 17Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow
Tinnaburra Peninsula
Numerous Red-rumped Swallow coming and going and a solitary Barn Swallow. Ruff seen nearby as well
Geoff Walker 22/1 #221899
Rufous Owl
Cairns Esplanade
Rufous Owl in Banyan tree outside Port Authority building.
Geoff Walker 22/1 #221898
Wed 14Black BIttern
Bruce Highway, 3km south of Ingham
Male Black Bittern beside highway early today. Possibly with injured right wing: vanished into long grass.
Tony Ashton 14/1 #221793
Mon 12Mangrove Robin
Mission River, Weipa
Two birds heard, one seen. Only my second observation in Weipa in 10 years.
Ben Bright 12/1 #221757
Sun 11Rufous Owl
Cairns Esplanade
Solitary Rufous Owl sighted in Banyan tree between the Port Authority building and convention centre.
William Riddell 12/1 #221759
Yellow Wagtail
Mungalla Station--Forrest Beach, Queensland
Very flighty Yellow Wagtail seen twice along side of Palm Creek at Mungalla Station this morning. Possibly the only remaining one of about six at the site until the off-and-on Wet began some weeks ago.
Tony Ashton 11/1 #221735
Thu 8highlightRed-rumped Swallow
Tinaburra Peninsula
The birds are using the wires along the caravan park side of the road near the Avenue of Honour. Numbers have varied from as low as two to as high as 38 plus one squashed on the road.
Alan Gillanders 11/1 #221734
Wed 7Black BIttern
Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
Male Black Bittern flushed from sedge beside north boundary track this morn; uncommon to see species before Wet truly sets in and blady grass is flooded; also seen, male Little Bittern, female Eastern Grass Owl
Tony Ashton 7/1 #221673
Tue 6highlightRuff
Harper Avenue, Lake Tinaroo
Single bird feeding along shoreline to the right of the end of Harper Ave; mingled with Plumed Whistling-Duck, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, a single Common Sandpiper and a Marsh Sandpiper. Viewed well with scope but too far for decent photographs. This species is rarely seen anywhere on the tablelands. A very poor photo included - distant shot pushed. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine 6/1 #221666
Mon 5Little Curlew
Orient Station, Ingham
Lone Little Curlew near road through Orient Station (first open paddock after first grid) this morning. This is the only Little Curlew seen by me near Ingham this season after several stayed around Mungalla Station two years ago.
Tony Ashton 5/1 #221634
Sun 4Terek Sandpiper
Ross River Benwell Rd
5 Terek Sandpipers together (and staying together) at Benwell Rd today. eBird checklist
Ed Pierce 5/1 #221615
Fri 2Spotted Whistling Duck
Lockhart River Wastewater Treatment Plant
5 birds present in the morning.
Rob and Tony Morris 6/1 #221647
Banded Honeyeater
Wondecla State Forest including Springvale Rd
Several Banded Honeyeater were feeding on blossom being protected by a Noisy Friarbird. The honeyeaters called loudly and were repeatedly chased off by the friarbird. At least 3 were seen and others heard. This species is very rarely recorded on the Tableland being more usual in inland areas and Cape York Peninsula. The blossom included a red flowering mistletoe being used by many honeyeater species at the moment and some eucalypt blossom also. ID photo provided with the mistletoe flowers. eBird checklist
Peter Valentine 2/1 #221577
Thu 1Noisy Pitta
Nine kilometres south of Cooktown Crossing on Mitchell River.
Noisy Pitta called repeatedly over ten minute period in riperian vegetation at noon. Location was at S 16 35.953' E 144 59. 920' Altitude 329m. Location was adjacent to Kondaparinga Road. Probable first local record.
Del. Richards and Peter Crane of Mackay. 6/1 #221649

December 2014
Mon 29Red-bellied Pitta
Iron Range National Park
Up to 10 birds heard all over the park and several seen well singing in open between 29/12/14 and 2/1/15.
Rob and Tony Morris 6/1 #221648
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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