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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June 2020
Tue 30Channel-billed Cuckoo
Railway Estate, Townsville
Bird calling loudly from palm tree in backyard at first light this morning. No other over wintering individuals of this species have been observed this season.
Brendan Cook 30/6 #257248
Sat 27highlightStar Finch
Karumba, Delta Down plains
350 Star Finch. Conservative estimate. Typical Call noted whilst driving slowly along the road although no finches seen. Birds in small numbers were seen over approximately a 1 kilometre distance towards the turn off to Karumba Point. There is a small water hole where birds were feeding roosting and drinking coming in large groups in waves. This is precisely the same location where I recorded birds in large numbers almost two years ago. Approximately 80% of birds were juveniles. Adult males and females equally represented. Juveniles had variable amounts of red in their tail and bills, some even had some early red markings around bill in their feathering. Uncommon record for the south east Gulf particularly in such large numbers. I note that 30 birds, mainly juveniles, were recorded 3 weeks prior. I plan to monitor this population during the rest of this year and will also seek out birds in other locations. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 27/6 #257236
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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