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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

November 2017
Tue 14Spotted Whistling-duck
Wonga Beach
Flock of 23 Spotted Whistling-ducks in wetland close to the highway, easily viewed. Unusual to see so many.
Martin Cachard (per Peter Valentine) 14/11 #232772
Sat 11White-winged Black Tern
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park - Melaleuca viewpoint
Single bird with whiskered, smaller and darker.
Ed Pierce 11/11 #232728
Thu 9highlightEastern Yellow Wagtail
Tinnaburra, Lake Tinaroo
One bird flying over while calling, just west of boat ramp, about 9am
John Grant 9/11 #232682

October 2017
Mon 30White-throated Nightjar
At sea, western Cape York, Vrilya point, 3 NM Offshore
At least 7 birds seen migrating south, all flying low to water, singly from 7 am til 11 am.
Ben Bright 2/11 #232588
Fri 27highlight(probable) Oriental Reed-Warbler
Tinnaburra, Lake Tinaroo
A bird feeding in the dead woody vegetation along the water's edge to the west of the boat ramp (just beyond the water intake pipe) - viewed closely through scope; looked good for Oriental, with fine greyish streaking on sides of chest, prominent whitish tips to tail feathers and long supercilium. Overall a large-looking bird (direct comparison with Welcome Swallows), quite grey-toned on upperparts, large bill and long primary extension. Seen about 8.30am, not found on return visit when playbacks were used to no effect. Worth looking if you're in the vicinity, note several Australian Reed-Warblers in larger area of the same vegetation in the inlet further west (as well as several Little Grassbirds, scarce in this area)
John Grant 27/10 #232493
Thu 26Australian Spotted Crake
Several birds calling in shallowly-inundated beds of tall dense sedge Schoenoplectus subulatus in overflow swamp from the Burketown bore. One photographed in mud with broken and collapsed sedge stems.
Roger Jaensch 8/11 #232668
megamegaLittle Stint
Single unusual stint in marsh with sparse short cover in outflow from sewage treatment works, among Black-fronted Dotterels, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints. Distinguished from latter by longer bill & legs, and slimmer neck & head. Identity independently assessed as first-year Little Stint Calidris minuta from photos, videos and notes, by four reviewers, each familiar with both stints, some having published on their ID. Additional features: thin bill; weak double-supercilium; dark back with traces of mantle and scapular Vs; dark centre to rump. Bird voluntarily departed flying strongly to NW; not seen next day. Details supplied to moderator; record to be submitted to BARC.
Roger Jaensch 7/11 #232658
Mon 23Pectoral Sandpiper, Swinhoe's Snipe
At sewage treatment system in associated marsh. Single Pectoral Sandpiper with Sharp-tailed, Wood and Marsh Sandpipers; identified by 'trrip' calls, head & chest markings, & noticeably more slender in profile. Six Swinhoe's Snipe in the marsh; identified by dumpy profile, 'long' broad tails when landing, direct low escape-flights & hoarse, nasal calls. One Flock Bronzewing in early morning; another in late evening. Three native-hens. Several Fork-tailed Swifts scything very low through airborne midges at sunset.
Roger Jaensch 24/10 #232442
Sun 22Southern Cassowary
Wooroonooran National Park
Spotted a solitary bird on the western Bartle Frere trail only 300m from the start-off point.
Andrew O'Brien 22/10 #232413
Fri 20highlightLong-toed Stint
Single bird in bore overflow marsh with Sharp-tailed, Wood and Marsh Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and a Gallinago snipe (presumed Swinhoe's, not seen in flight). Long-toed Stint identified by pale legs, stint size and brown markings like a miniature Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Also seen by several other participants in a Savannah Guides field school.
Roger Jaensch 24/10 #232443
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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