Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 7 Mar 2011 01:30:34 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 6 Mar 2011.

Sat 5 Mar Green Pygmy-goose, Cotton Pygmy-goose Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Green Pygmy-goose: elevated hide (1). Cotton Pygmy-goose: elevated hide (1).
Ed Pierce

Superb Fruit-Dove (juvenile) Garden in Gulliver, Townsville
Found dead on my deck in the middle of the day. Must have flown into a window. Another bird probably displaced by cyclone Yasi.
Sara and Ian Bell

Fork-tailed Swift Lavarack Street, Mount Louisa
Hawking for food in loose flock. Unusual sighting here in residential area, above home back yard. 0920hrs. No approaching weather front. (30).
Len & Chris Ezzy

Metallic Starling Cungulla Beach
Unusual here. Two separate flocks. Mostly immatures. First record for us in 10 years of conducting regular shorebirds surveys here. (60).
Len & Chris Ezzy

Thu 3 Mar Wompoo Garden in Gulliver, Townsville
Seen sitting in a tree in my garden. Displaced by Yasi.
Sara and Ian Bell

Sun 27 Feb Wompoo Pigeon and Superb Fruit Dove Reed Beds Road, Giru Qld
Townsville Region Bird Observers Club end of the month outing. Both species were seen in the small melaleuca and palm forest at the southern end of Reed Beds Road, Giru (Google Earth 19 30 31.08S, 147 03 13.28E). Uncommon at this location and probably here as a result of Cyclone Yasi
Townsville region Bird Observers Club (TRBOC) per Ian Boyd

Fri 25 Feb Spinifexbird Mt Walker, 10km S of Hughenden
On Friday, 2 parties of Spinifexbirds were recorded on the summit plateau of Mt Walker, an earlier reported isolated population of this species. Moving about on the stony ground between clumps of spinifex, it can be easily appreciated that this species was initially identified here last year by some observers as Striated Grasswren. I did search for some grasswrens there but there wasn't any present.
Martin Cachard

Tue 1 Feb Scarllet Honeyeater Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
May have been a blow in from cyclone Yasi; it was flying across the road in the middle of the common.
joanne hope

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