Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 4 Feb 2013 01:31:22 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 3 Feb 2013.

Sun 3 Feb Pink-eared Duck, Red-backed Kingfisher, Cockatiel Old Flinders Hwy, Woodstock to Ross River Dam
Pink-eared Duck (26) On the most southerly (Private Property) Mount View Station dam and easily viewable from the Old Flinders Highway. Numbers have increased since Joan Wharton found and reported yesterday, Saturday afternoon 02-02-2013 Red-backed Kingfisher (1) First record for 2013. Found in this area but moreso in the dryer winter months. Cockatiel (12) This small in-flight flock appearrs to be first arrivals for the season. Heading north-west over the intersection of Buck and Gunnado Road. They did not land for as long as we could see them.
Len & Chris Ezzy

Sat 2 Feb Pink-eared Duck Hasties Swamp National Park
Pink-eared Duck (13) recent arrivals. birds feeding actively in front of main hide
George and Teresa Baker

Sat 2 Feb Pink-eared Duck Old Flinders Highway, 100 metres to the right of Gunnado Rd
4 Pink-eared Ducks on the very full Dam on Mount View Station (Private Property). Visible from the road through binos or scope. Hundreds of Magpie Geese as well as Royal Spoonbills, Pacific Black Ducks, Grey Teal, Black-winged Stilts (3). Seen at 6.30pm.
Joan Wharton

Wed 30 Jan Brown Booby Yorkeys Knob
2 birds flying high over bus depot at 6 am. First I have seen from mainland probably due to windy conditions.
adam arnold

Tue 29 Jan Sooty Owl Saddle Mountain area Kuranda
Bird calling nearby our house in the night. Second time it has been heard in this area in 4 months.
Phil Venables

Mon 28 Jan Black-throated Finch Alligator Creek Bowls and Recreation Club grounds
Black-throated Finch (2) feeding along fenceline.
Janet Robino and Barbara Reidy

Fork-tailed Swift; White-throated Needletail Toomulla
From 8-9am we watched a mixed flock of hundreds of Fork-tailed Swifts and White-throated Needletails flying north over the reforested area and road from the Bruce Highway to Toomulla. For the hour we watched them, the group became less dense and there were lots of stragglers.
Rosemary Payet and Joan Wharton

Pale-vented Bush-hen Kelso
Period from New Year's Day 2013 to today, a breeding pair of Pale-vented Bush-hens. For many years a breeding pair have appeared annually on our acreage property at Kelso and have bred successfully. This season they have been here since late November and appear to have successfully weathered the recent deluge of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.
Cheryl-Ann Murkin

Sun 27 Jan Eastern Barn Owl Townsville Port Access Road - North of Bruce Highway, Stuart
An Eastern Barn Owl was spotlighted on a roadway sign at 10.40pm. Two other Eastern Barn Owls were seen on the same night flying in the vicinity the port access road. The Townsville Port Access Road is also known as Southern Port Road (Stuart Bypass)
Ian Boyd

Fork-tailed Swift; White-throated Needletail Cungulla to Cape Cleveland Road
Dense flock of thousands of Fork-tailed Swifts and White-throated Needletails seen from the coastal township of Cungulla west along Goodsell Road and Carty Road to the intersection of Cape Cleveland Road from 12.30pm - 2.30pm, all heading north. Primary species was Fork-tailed Swift with only a very small proportion of White-throated Needletail.
Rosemary Payet, Larry Corbett, Chris Corbett (per Joan Wharton)

Diamond Dove Euluma Creek Rd - Julatten
Single bird in company of several Peaceful Dove.
Doug Herrington

Sat 26 Jan Spotted Pardalote Mt. Carbine Caravan Park
SIXTEEN birds in Narrow-leafed Ironbark in feeding flock. Blown down from Carbine Tableland in recent cyclonic episode. Unusual number.
Del. Richards.

Lesser Frigatebird Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island
At least 60 Lesser Frigatebirds above Horseshoe Bay, no doubt blown in as a result of ex-cyclone Oswald. Note: - George Hurst edits a magazine on Magnetic Island so he may have photos
George Hurst (per Chris Corbet, Rosemary Payet and Joan Wharton)

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