Published sightings for the week ending 25 Sep 2011.
|Sat 24 Sep
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Channel-billed Cuckoo (1) fig at causeway between freshwater and jacana hides. 1st one for the common this season.
Kirwan, Golflinks Drive southern end.
I have been hearing the call for a few weeks now, but it has been too dark to see the birds. Today I followed the call to a Callistemon in the street and saw the bird. Unusual in the urban area, but this is the second year running they have been in this part of Townsville.
|Fri 23 Sep
||Australian Painted Snipe
Conservation park just north of town. A pair sighted feeding at the water's edge.
Peter & Bev Morgan
||Spotted Whistling Ducks
still present today, photo attached.
The birds were present in the lagoon, after John saw them, standing in the shade of an overhang on the edge. Approach the small lagoon slowly so as not too cause too much disturbance. The block of land they are on has a for sale sign at the front.
|Thu 22 Sep
Undara Volcanic National Park
1 heard at sunrise, first for the season out here in the "accessible outback".
||Spotted Whistling Duck
A group of 13 Spotted Whistling Ducks in a small pond off Snapper Island Drive, Wonga Beach. At first all were perching in a Terminalia overhanging the pond, close to and visible from the road, later in the pond. This is the most southerly record for this recently invading species. Please note the pond is on private land, two properties back from the end of Snapper Island Drive (a dead end).
Apex Park 1' Cell - Ross River Rasmussen.
White-browed Robin (3) 2 adults with 1 young.
||Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Pied Imperial-Pigeon
Queens Gardens: Townsville
Pied Imperial-Pigeon (2) early return; in fruiting tree at perimeter with 1 Wompoo Fruit-dove and several figbirds and rainbow lorikeets
|Mon 19 Sep
Ross River mouth, Townsville
Little Tern (2) hawking over inner basin
Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield, Cairns Northern Beaches
A Noisy Pitta was recorded at 11:15am today in the palm forest in the north-west of this reserve. While not an uncommon species in the region, this sighting has some significance as it is the first record in this recently opened reserve.
|Sun 18 Sep
First sighting for this season. At least two birds, calling loudly and flying over.
|Sat 17 Sep
Townsville Town Common
Bird was seen for only short period in a tree close to the Barramundi Lagoon by Brian Fair a visiting bird watcher from Canberra.
Brian Fair (reported through Ian Boyd)