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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March 2018
Mon 19Blue-faced Parrotfinch,Cassowary
Gourka Road, near Malanda, Atherton Tablelands
At least 18 Blue-faced Parrotfinches along the first 6 km of Gourka Road (from Lamins Hill to Wooroonooran National Park entry) - many (at least 11) recently fledged juveniles, indicating good early breeding success. Also a large subadult Cassowary crossed the road about 4.5 km along.
John Grant 19/3 #233866
Fri 9highlightBlack-tailed Gull
Eastern end of Hartley St, Cairns, FNQ
At about 9:45am on Friday of last week, I was fortunate enough to see a single Black-tailed Gull fly directly over me at about 50mtrs above ground. It came towards me from the east, continuing directly overhead, and then followed the same deliberate westward course directly above Hartley St. I tried to follow the gull in my car but unfortunately lost it. This gull was either a late 2nd year non-breeding immature, or an adult non-breeding. It had a clean white tail with a neat and thick black sub-terminal band, the head, entire underparts and underwings were clean white, except for dark wingtips. For those with access to HANZAB, see plate 29, opp p.480, Vol. 3. What I saw most resembled birds #2 and #5 on this plate. Because it flew directly overhead & did not change course at all as it flew away from me, it was impossible to see the upperside of the nape/collar. Terry Reis and I found and photographed an imm Black-tailed Gull in Cairns on 01/04/13, the only other record of this species in this region that I am aware of.
Martin Cachard (Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruises) 12/3 #233797
Thu 8Red-rumped swallow
Tinaburra Boat Ramp, Lake Tinaroo
On power lines outside caravan park.
Graham Castles 8/3 #233768

February 2018
Tue 27highlightOriental Reed-Warbler
Daintree Gateway Carpark, Cape Tribulation Rd, Lower Daintree
The lone Oriental Reed-Warbler that I found at this site 2 weeks ago is still present in the very same spot. I heard it starting to sing at 9:50am today, and it continued to sing sparodically until about 10:25am It then went silent for the remainder of the day. I hadn't heard the bird singing since I first it on 12/02/18, so it is nice to know that it is still around. Further information
Martin Cachard 27/2 #233678
Mon 26highlightBarn Swallow
Mungalla Station (Forrest Beach)
Four Barn Swallows this afternoon at Mungalla Station. They were sitting on the powerlines near the main homestead. Please note that Mungalla Station is privately owned - call them to request permission to go birding there. eBird checklist
Deborah Metters 26/2 #233667
Fri 23Freckled Duck
Hasties Swamp National Park
One bird flew past the hide at about 10.30am. I haven't heard of any recent sightings, so thought this worthy of note. (Moderator: One Freckled Duck reported on 7th February so worth noting still present; they usually do stay for quite a while and I expect the conditions suit the species now, despite the logs being submerged.)
John Grant 23/2 #233639
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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