Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 1 Nov 2010 01:30:22 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 31 Oct 2010.

Sat 30 Oct Latham's Snipe, Little Corella, Little Tern Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Latham's Snipe: first viewpoint (3). Little Corella: single bird with plumed whistle duck (!) on golf course. (1). Little Tern: first viewpoint (2).
Ed Pierce

Fri 29 Oct Black-chinned Honeyeater, Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Cockatiel Kirwan, Golflinks Drive southern end.
At day break, these 3 birds seen within 100 metres. All unusual in this part of the city.
Ivor Preston

Mon 25 Oct Australian Little Bittern Tyto Wetlands
Little Bittern flew from flooded grasses edge of main lagoon, across open water 40m and dropped into scleria. Same bird, same flight 1110 yesterday and 0730 today. Poor picture
Tony Ashton

Sun 24 Oct Rufous Owl Kewarra Beach Hinterland, Cairns Nortern Beaches
Update - The pair of Rufous Owls I reported from this site a couple of months ago have become quite increasingly quiet since mid-Sept, & now seem only to call at odd times each night. This strongly suggests this pair is currently breeding very nearby in this area. Unfortunately, I no longer live on this property but on regular visits there since moving, I have heard the birds calling very infrequently.
Martin Cachard

Sun 10 Oct Red Goshawk, Star Finch, Golden-shouldered Parrot, Mangrove Gerygone, White-streaked Honeyeater Musgrave & Lakefield NP area
An adult pair of Golden-shouldered Parrots were seen near Windmill Creek on 9/10; nesting Red Goshawks nearby on same day (see pic attached); Zitting Cisticola in high numbers at Marina Plains on 9/10 (& Nifold Plain the following day); a single Mangrove Gerygone was seen well at Marina Plains on 9/10, which is the southern-most record of this species on eastern Cape York Penin; singles of both White-streaked & Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters were seen feeding on mistletoe in the vine forest abutting Marina Plains on 10/10, which is a new site for both species; and later that day, 5 Star Finches including juveniles were recorded on Nifold Plain - a reliable site for this vulnerable species.
Martin Cachard

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