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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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March 2017
Sun 26Sanderling
Black River, Bushland Beach
More unusual than the Sanderling today was the lack of shorebirds. I wonder if they sense Cyclone Debbie coming. An incoming tide at this location mid-March should offer several thousand birds, whereas there was a maximum of 200, mostly knots.
John Lowry 26/3 #230474
Cadiz Court, Cranbrook, Townsville
Heard calling, saw flying into nearby eucalypt tree. Seems awfully late for this area.
Annette Sibson 26/3 #230471
Tue 21Zitting Cisticola
Morris Creek Road, Giru, North Queensland
At least four Zitting Cisticola were heard calling along Morris Creek Road and one sighted. The one sighted was about 1.3 k from the railway crossing towards the boat ramp on the right hand side of the road just past a large tree on the left of the road and before the windmill, also on the left of the road.
Ian Boyd and Ivor preston 21/3 #230445
Plum-headed Finch
Morris Creek Road, Giru, North Queensland
A number of Plum-headed Finches were seen along Morris Creek Road from the railway crossing to the Morris Creek boat ramp. Photos taken not suitable for publication.
Ian Boyd and Ivor Preston. 21/3 #230444
Plum-headed Finch
Kissing Point (Townsville)
While starting to count the large number of Scaly-breasted Munia feeding in the tall grass (don't know the species) we spotted the Plum-heads in the dead bush also appearing to feed on the same species of grass. Don't know if this is as unusual to others as it appears to us but thought the species were not usual visitors to the coast near Townsville. Woodstock yes; but the center of town? Photo courtesy of Bron. eBird checklist
Mark and Bron Horvath 21/3 #230440
Tue 14Red-capped Robin
White Mountains National Park
Immature male observed in a patch of Brigalow while we were on the way out of the park . He was in the last patch of Brigalow on the left of the track, before the communications tower. Seems to be a little early, or late, as the guides indicate they may move north during winter. eBird checklist
Mark Horvath 16/3 #230392
Sun 12Sooty Oyster Catcher
Fishing Boat Harbour South Townsville
Three Sooty Oyster Catchers seen on rocks at the entrance to the fishing boat harbour at the mouth of the Ross River South Townsville.
Ian Boyd 21/3 #230443
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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