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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January 2017
Tue 17Pacific Swift
Old Flinders Hwy, Woodstock to Ross River Dam, Queensland, AU
Huge numbers of Pacific Swifts (Fork-tailed Swifts). We conservatively estimate at least 2,500 birds. Could have been many more out of our binocular optical abilities. Continuous large numbers hawking feeding high and low from our arrival at Gunnado Road at about 8:15am all the way through to the locked gate at the northern end of Old Flinders Hway and the entire length of Buck Road up until about 11:00am when they seemed to simply disappear before the rain started. They extended from as far as we could see towards Mount Elliot and in an arc to Lake Ross area and south over towards Woodstock. Took some ID images but they really don't tell the story. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 17/1 #229840
highlightBuff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher
Buck Road, Locality of Woodstock/Barringha, Queensland.
One only Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (female) at the southern end of Buck Road. Very skittish. Chris picked it up about 60 metres north of the little dam at the end of the walking track. Or about 200 metres south past the gate of the Woodstock Motorcycle race track. This is the first time this species has been recorded in this area. Very unusual habitat of open Poplar and other Eucalypts and Chinee Apple shrubs. There were a few termite mounds around the area. Possible breeding? ID Photo attached. eBird checklist
Len and Chris Ezzy 17/1 #229839
Sat 14Fork-tailed Swift
A flock between 30 and 50 hawking for insects above the highway and Aeroglen opposite the General Aviation area near the northern intersection of Palmerston St and Stratford Connection Rd.
Greg Bortolussi 14/1 #229798
Fork-tailed Swift
Cook Highway about 1km south of Redcliff Point.
1030am. Flock of about 100 hawking for insects and beach while a storm built on the ranges. Possible sighting of a few (ca. 3) White-throated Needletails
Greg Bortolussi 14/1 #229797
Tue 10Radjah Shelduck
Anderson Park Botanical Gardens, Townsville, Queensland,AU
A solitary Radjah Shelduck seen and photographed in the main Lagoon from about 1:00pm today. It then came ashore and joined a group of Plumed Whistling Ducks. Uncommon visitor in the Townsville area.
Norm Rains 10/1 #229766
highlightWhite-streaked Honeyeater
Unusual for Julatten. Only other eBird records are once in 1991 again in 1992 and three times in 2011 eBird checklist
Doug Herrington, Ashley Herrington 10/1 #229764
Sun 8Buff-breasted Paradis-Kingfisher
Ross River Bush Gardens
Distant ID shot attached.
Ed Pierce 8/1 #229734
Oriental Cuckoo
Ross River Bush Gardens
At least 1, maybe more, seen in several places, could have been same bird. Distant ID shot attached.
Ed Pierce 8/1 #229733
Sat 7White-eared Monarch
Pinnacle Road end to Flin Creek, Julatten
Our records have two in 2016 and one in 2015 at Julatten. 1st for 2017. Very few other records for this period. eBird checklist
Keith and Lindsay Fisher 7/1 #229723

December 2016
Thu 29Great Knot
Black River, Bushland Beach
3 Great Knots all with black over white flags from Chongming Island, China. Possibly a fourth one as well further back in the flock of about 2000 greats and reds, but hard to see them all at once. Also in the same flock was the flagged knot from Kamchatka.
John Lowry 30/12 #229644
Great Knot
Black River, Bushland Beach
Great Knot flagged black over yellow with metal band on right tibia. Flagged in Kamchatka Peninsular, Russia.
John Lowry 30/12 #229643
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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