Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 21 Mar 2011 01:30:36 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Mar 2011.

Sun 20 Mar Grey Goshawk, Topknot Pigeon, Yellow Oriole Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Grey Goshawk: (Grey Phase) Very Low Fly-over at Forest Walk Carpark. Uncommon and not often seen here. (1). Topknot Pigeon: Low fly-over above the track from Freshwater Lagoon bird hide to Jacana bird hide. Circled above us a few times and then flew NW towards Bald Rock direction. (9). Yellow Oriole: Beside the track from Freshwater Lagoon bird hide to Jacana bird hide. Still present in same locality as Ed Pierce's sighting yesterday. (1).
Len & Chris Ezzy

Little Kingfisher Ross River mouth, Townsville
In mangroves near start of port restricted area fence. (1).
Ed Pierce

Sat 19 Mar Yellow Oriole, White-browed Robin Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Yellow Oriole: freshwater (concrete) hide (1). White-browed Robin: just passed causway (fig) between freshwater and jacana hides (1) (seen here once before several years ago).
Ed Pierce

Fri 18 Mar Black-winged Monarch Bushy Ck bridge, base of Mt Lewis, Far Nth Qld
At 2:45pm today, a single immature Black-winged Monarch was seen very well & photographed at Bushy Ck Bridge, below Mt Lewis, well to the south of it's accepted range. This is probably the 4th confirmed record this far south into the Wet Tropics. A rough image by Martin Cachard is attached - plenty more were taken of this bird & will be avail on request. Accompanying me when finding this bird was Dom Chaplin. We were trying to locate the calling Chestnut-breasted Cuckoos nearby, but this guy came along & we got somewhat distracted. A great find that will help us to understand the immature plumage of this species, which is apparently undescribed in Aust.
Martin Cachard

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