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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August 2016
Sat 27highlightLittle Buttonquail
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Heard, not sighted. Called twice, estimated 5-7 m away; series of low "ooms"; compared the call to that on the Morcombe app and it matched entirely. Of interest as the species has only just been recently seen for the first time at Town Common last week Today by the #6 gate, some 4 kms distance to last week's record. Joint identification together with jo Wieneke, eBird checklist
Niel Bruce 27/8 #228350
Fri 26Spotted Nightjar
Lucinda (main road just north of Dungeness Creek)
Spotted Nightjar dead at side of road about 9am. Obviously overnight roadkill. Not the species (Large-tailed) expected in the area. Morning walk out to sandspit mangroves notable mainly for total absence of any birds on sand to seaward side of spit, a huge expanse given very low tide. eBird checklist
Tony Ashton 26/8 #228342
Sun 21Pied Imperial Pigeon
Hussey Park, Woree
3 Pied Imperial Pigeons seen roosting in a tall Eucalypt at about 1700. They stayed for about 30 minutes and much of that time preening. Possible first arrivals of the season.
Greg Bortolussi 21/8 #228308
Sat 20highlightLittle Buttonquail
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
2 birds on the service road from Jacana Hide track to Pallarenda. Happy to be corrected if ID suspect. (Moderator's Note: - Out of accepted distribution range. It is most unusual to find this species within a kilometre of the coast. This Little Buttonquail report adds a new species to the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park Eremaea eBird list, which now stands at 281 reported species. The Townsville Town Common Conservation Park ranks the number 1 birding hotspot for most recorded species in Australia)
Ed Pierce 21/8 #228301
Sun 14Brown Cockoo-Dove
West End (Townsville) Gaden
Not rare (uncommon in Townsville) but a first for the garden in 25 years. Very ordinary pre sunrise photo.
Ed Pierce 14/8 #228241
Tue 9Latham's Snipe
Mungalla Station (Forrest Beach)
One very flighty snipe in several flights on plant-choked Palm Creek flats behind old yards this morn. My first sighting of new migratory season. No pic.
Tony Ashton 9/8 #228215
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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