Published sightings for the week ending 11 Mar 2012.
|Sat 10 Mar
Mingela road, Hervey Range Developmental Road
Stopped to watch a group of mixed birds harassing a Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo--pair of Diamond Dove were in the same tree.
Boundary Creek West, Hervey Range Road
Two Ground Cuckoo-shrike by the road, about 400 m before the creek. Fairly timid (minimum distance about 30 m in car), but did not leave the strip for 30 minutes, coming down from trees to the road and in the grass.
|Fri 9 Mar
One adult at the tip when I was disposing of some waste.
Two adults with a chick on Shannonvale Road. They were right at the edge of the road next to the grass. Almost immediately after I spotted them the chick disappeared into the grass (possibly more were in there). The adults remained for another few seconds as I slowly approached on my push bike then they flew into the cane. Have seen and heard them here several times but this is the first direct evidence that they're breeding.
|Wed 7 Mar
North Ward, Townsville
Lesser Frigatebird (1) Glimpsed soaring high over CBD north-east of Castle Hill approx 4:30PM - ahead of storm cells from vehicle stopped at intersection. Unfortunately, by the time I had exited traffic & parked the bird was lost from view... Can anyone please confirm this bird?
2x groups of approx 20 individuals were seen moving north. These are the first for the season.
|Tue 6 Mar
Boyd Point, 20nm South of Weipa
A single bird observed on a rocky shore, with 2 Sooty Oystercatchers, a Greater Sand Plover and a Common Sandpiper.
Boyd Point, 20nm south of Weipa
2 Birds observed on a rocky shore - the first of the species I've seen on Western Cape York.
|Sun 4 Mar
6km north of Mareeba
A single bird was flushed off the side of the hwy approx 6km north of Mareeba - not an easy bird this close to Mareeba & always worth checking for along the road between here & Mt Molloy.
|Fri 2 Mar
Trinity Beach, Cairns Northern Beaches
A pair was observed at 11pm in the middle of the main beach at Trinity Beach before flying off seawards to the south. I haven't seen this rare species at this very busy beach for many years.
|Wed 29 Feb
Deep Creek Kewarra/Clifton Beaches
Seven birds roosting on sand bank where the creek enters the ocean. Unusual number for this area.