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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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All reports are not necessarily confirmed and are published here to encourage others to confirm them.

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January 2020
Sun 26Black Bittern
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, new borrow pits
Male. Flushed from west side of middle pool at new borrow pits. May have landed in first pool (nearest of the 3 to road) but not refound. No sign or sound of species in over 4 weeks of following Spotted Whistling Ducks at the pits. No pictures.
Tony Ashton 26/1 #244334
Sat 25Black-tailed Native-hen
Warruma Swamp, Mt. Garnet
Wading in shallow water near bank across from the picnic shelter, about 80mts away at midday. Two adult Black-tailed Native-hens, one male with darker face and more strongly coloured bill, one female. Pictures taken from about 50mts. Only three previous records in Ebird for the Tablelands; July 2016 one bird Nardellos Lagoon, Oct 2009 one bird Hasties Swamp NP and Nov 2002 'x' birds Mt Carbine Reservoir. Also in the same area was one Marsh Sandpiper, photo in ebird list. eBird checklist
Mark and Angela McCaffrey 26/1 #244338
Wed 22Red-backed Button-quail
One flew several times into screen door, though seemingly more of a flutter than a crash, at c. 8PM (i.e.well after dark). Allowed me to pick it up from lawn 5 m away. When released near long grass further from lights, it promptly flew near-vertically out of sight. Very small button-quail; had dark spots on flanks (not shown in photo). Assume an adult female though red not extensive on face. HANZAB states "May migrate at night; one record of bird killed when it flew into a window at night ...."
Don Franklin & Peter Holbery 23/1 #244322
Thu 9highlightPacific Swift 1500 estimate
Normanton Little Bynoe River Floraville Road area
Conservative estimate. Birds were flying low in one direction ahead of a large storm front. Calls in flight noted. As many birds as possible studied carefully to ensure no white throated needletails were present. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 9/1 #244216
highlightOriental pratincole 1200 estimate
Normanton Little Bynoe River Floraville Road area
Conservative estimate. Many large companies flying over the road, hawking insects above new growth or feeding on the ground. Ample opportunity to identify birds at close range in flight and also with scope when on the ground. Calling in flight. Compare this report to an even greater number reported by me in January 2019 On Delta Downs plains near Karumba. eBird checklist
Rob Reed 9/1 #244215
Mon 6Wood Sandpiper, Radjah Shelduck
Lake Tinaroo at Harper Drive (Yungaburra)
1 Wood Sandpiper (possibly one of the Hasties Swamp birds as only 2 seen there this morning), 4 Radjah Shelduck.
John Grant 6/1 #244182
Fri 3Glossy Ibis (54)
Harper Ave, Yungaburra
A high count for this area of 54 Glossy Ibis on the muddy margins of Lake Tinaroo at the end of Harper Ave. [high concentrations of Glossy Ibis have been seen recently at Hasties Swamp also: Mod]
John Grant 3/1 #243162

December 2019
Tue 31highlightRed-rumped Swallow
Hastie Road
One Red-rumped Swallow feeding with a mixed group of hirundines, swiftlets and Dusky Woodswallows over the trees at the Koci rd/Hasties Swamp turnoff, about 5.30pm. Seen well several times. Family parties of Sitellas and Shrike-tits at the same spot added to the ambience.
John Grant 31/12 #243144
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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