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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July 2016
Thu 28Square-tailed Kite
Lake Tinaroo
One bird low over forest canopy, seen from near dam wall.
Glen White 29/7 #228139
Sat 23Channel-billed Cuckoo
Kelso, Townsville
Arrived home mid-afternoon, to find a Channel-billed Cuckoo in an Eucalypt in my front yard. It then flew off to a neighbour's garden. Unusual to see this bird at this time of year.
Jason Daniels 24/7 #228108
Tue 19Arctic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus)
The Tip of Cape York
17:00. (AKA Parasitic Jaeger) Brown morph lacks extended tail feathers. It chased Black-naped and Lesser Crested Terns for several minutes just 50 metres off The Tip of Cape York.
Nikolas Pohl 19/7 #228071
Mon 18Lesser Frigatebird
Rowes Bay beach, Townsville (about opposite Emmerson Street)
9:00am to 9:30am. On the beach near the dog exercise precinct about opposite the intersection of the road to the Townsville Town Common. Initially 7 Lesser Frigatebirds observed at a distance out over the sea water looking towards Magnetic Island. Soon afterwards a flock of about 50 (plus) Frigatebirds flew up the beach low and right over me and continued northward up the beach towards Pallarenda. I only noticed Lesser Frigatebirds but there may have been some Greater Frigatebirds amongst them.
Jo Wieneke 19/7 #228074
Wed 13Jacky Winter (Albino Form)
Riversleigh Rd at -18.745139 138.522417
An Albino , all white with no observable colouration at all, bird was foraging on bushes and dead shrubbery beside the road approximately 3 metres from the observer. Weather was overcast, approximately 18 Celsius. Bird was observed for 10 minutes and showed no sign of moving away when approached to photograph. The behaviour of the bird resembled a Jacky Winter, the size, and sideways tail sway was characteristic. Further information
Christine Finlayson 16/7 #228050
Sun 10Square-tailed Kite
Mt Low
Two birds circling low over my property at the same time. A single bird is common at this time of the year but this is my first ever sighting of 2 birds together. Photos of individuals only.
John Lowry 11/7 #227991
Sun 3Brolga
~60km N of Clermont
Driving from Charters Towers to Clermont, I stopped approx 60km from Clermont to count the Brolgas in a recently harvested paddock on the eastern side of the road - I counted 338 birds. Then when I started heading south again, I realised there were about twice as many on the western side of the highway, just slightly down the road. In total, 1,000+ birds within an approx 500m radius.
Alan Stuart 3/7 #227926
Fri 1Wedge tailed eagle
Above Gordonvale, F.N.Q.
A dark phased adult bird circling above the township. Being harrassed by, and ignoring a brown goshawk. This bird is a rare sighting east of the Great Divide, north of Townsville.
Doug and Pauline Armstrong. 1/7 #227898
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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