Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 28 Mar 2011 01:30:24 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Mar 2011.

Sun 27 Mar White-eared Monarch Sheepstation Ck Salt/Fresh Levee
Unexpected here at this time of year. Uncommon in gallery forest and Mangrove. Generally an uncommon winter migrant to Townsville. ID Pic by Chris Ezzy (1).
TRBOC Outing (25 observers) per Len & Chris Ezzy

Crimson Finch Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
on service track near water tank/windmill (2).
Ed Pierce

Green Pygmy Goose (breeding record) Townsville towncommon
Pair with at least 6 ducklings at first viewpoint, another pair at elevated hide.
Ed Pierce

Pied Heron Townsville towncommon
Viewed from road 200m in from gate, on golf course. 2 birds adult and imm.
Ed Pierce

Sat 26 Mar Yellow Oriole Townsville towncommon
Adult bird to add to last weeks sightings of young bird. 5pm around 600metres in from main gate, flew off towards golf course.
Ed Pierce

Fri 25 Mar Latham's Snipe Alligator Creek Bowls and Recreation Club grounds
6-7 snipe still present on 25 March. No sign of the reported Pied Heron.
Alexandra Canton

Black Bittern Queens Gardens: Townsville
Black Bittern seen flying from east to west across the Gardens at approximately 8:50AM.
Alexandra Canton

Mon 21 Mar White-throated Nightjar Lamb Range, Wet Tropics, Far Nth Qld
On an extended spotlighting trip last night up into the Lamb Range along Davies Ck Rd, & later on along Tinaroo Ck Rd, the following highlights were recorded: 4 White-throated Nightjars, 2 Owlet-nightjars, 2 Southern Boobooks (not race 'lurida'), & 1 Eastern Barn Owl. Also, on a non-birding front, a single Northern Bettong was seen well, scurrying up the rd in front of us on Tinaroo Ck Rd, well past the Emerald Falls t/off. Maybe the White-throated Nightjars are here on passage, but I doubt this, since these individuals were seen very close by to where these birds were seen at last year's end, so quite probably they are the same birds. The White-throated Nightjars allowed a very close approach whilst sitting on the road, but no half decent images were taken - but it was very nice to see them up-close.
Martin Cachard, Adam & Karina Arnold

Little Bittern Tyto Wetlands
Little Bittern in typical short low flight 10.38 today from scleria near lookout across 30m open lagoon and straight into more scleria. Rather plainly marked so probably female. Encouraging sighting given the ravages of Yasi and severe floods since. Also, Black Bittern, multiple recent sightings.
Tony Ashton

Sun 20 Mar Spotless Crake Southern approach to Bushy Creek Julatten
The bird was standing/feeding in a pond of water on the side of the road. It seemed undisturbed by the traffic.
Greg Bortolussi

Restless Flycatcher, Brown Cukoo Dive, Oriental Cockoo and Pied Currawong Southern end Ross River Dam Wall
The birds were among the 55 species seen by partricpants on the TRBOC organised monthly walk in this area. The species reported here are all uncommon in this area.
TRBOC members per Ian Boyd

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