Birdline Queensland Update

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Subject: Birdline Queensland Update
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 14:44:32 +1000
Hi birders,

FYI please see below the (new) Birdline Queensland's reports for the first half 
of April 2008. Big thanks to all sources and birders, including Birds 
Queensland, Cairns Birds and John Seale, BANQ Contact Call, Eremaea, and 
Birding-Aus. Remember if you see any interesting birds please report your 
sightings to Birdline at

Thanks again,

Tim Dolby

April 2008

Sun 20  
Southern Cassowary, Blue-faced Parrot-Finch (Helmeted Guineafowl) etc, Kuranda, 
Yungaburra, Mareeba, Mt Lewis: a few sightings of note over the past few days 
April 14-17 2008: Southern Cassowary male with 3 chicks Cassowary House, 
Kuranda daily; Magpie Goose 1 Biboohra April 17; Plumed Whistling Duck 2 and 11 
small ducklings on floodwater near Biboohra, Mareeba, April 17, my first local 
breeding record; Wandering Whistling Duck Pair and 7 ducklings Hastie's Swamp 
April 16; Black Bittern 1 Mareeba Wetlands entrance road Apr 15- getting late 
to be still around here; Helmeted Guineafowl 2 Henry Hannam Drive April 15 
(debatably countable - might be good enough for a year tick!); Pacific Baza 3 
at Black Mt Road, Kuranda April 12-14, one at Mareeba April 15, a small 
movement it seems; Square-tailed Kite one at Mareeba April 15; Dollarbird April 
16 Mareeba TAFE, a late immature; White-headed Pigeon- 20+ Yungaburra April 16; 
Topknot Pigeon a few small flocks around Yungaburra / Lake Barrine area; 
Squatter Pigeon 4 at Granite Gorge April 15, and 2 Mareeba TAFE April 16; 
Papuan Frogmouth, 2 Kingfisher Park April 17; Shining Bronze-Cuckoo 1 heard 
Cassowary House April 19, the first this year; Little Bronze-Cuckoo (ex-Goulds) 
1 singing Black Mt Road, Kuranda April 16; Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher 
Adult KP April 17, quite late; Cicadabird the rainforest whistling call one 
still calling up to April 17, late for this to be still calling; Rufous Fantail 
first of the winter along Black Mt Road April 14; Leaden (Satin?) Flycatcher 1 
female plumaged bird seen briefly Barron R Kuranda April 14 (may well have been 
Satin); Pale-yellow Robin pair nesting Cassowary House; Mountain Thornbill 
common and noisy Mt Lewis April 17; Chowchilla 3 Black Mt Road April 17 and 
also at Mt Lewis; Blue-faced Parrot-Finch 2 singles, both adults, Mt Lewis 
April 17. Note: Pygmy-geese were seen anywhere, of either species, but so much 
water about no doubt they are dispersed all over the place. Good birding, Phil 
Gregory. Phil Gregory per Tim Dolby 20/4 

Regent Honeyeater, Turquoise Parrot Durakai waterhole: the Regent Honeyeater at 
Durakai waterhole was among several species of honeyeater, see the Birds 
Queensland site gazetteer for directions . Turquoise Parrots were also present. Gavin Goodyear per Tim 
Dolby 20/4 #5590

Sat 19  
Grey Goshawk State Forest, Flaxton Mill Rd , Flaxton, Sunshine Coast: In the 
morning. Single bird observed from "Great Walk" track and later from road being 
harassed by pair of Magpies. UBD S.Coast Map 54 F17. John Kooistra, Vince Lee, 
Robyn Howard, Shirley Rooke. 20/4 #559

PICTORELLA MANNIKIN Cumberland Dam, Georgetown: the following records are from 
Cumberland Dam, Georgetown over 5 - 6th April: PICTORELLA MANNIKIN (25+) 
(10). Along nearby Greenhill Station Road: BLACK-BREASTED BUZZARD (1), GREY 
BUTTON-QUAIL (1). Martin Cachard per John Seale (per Tim Dolby) 19/4 #5587

Double-banded Plover Manly Wader Roost (8.45 hightide of 2.09m): Up to 6 
Double-banded Plovers. Also c. 20 Lesser Sand Plovers (many summer plumage C. 
m. 'mongolus group'), 5 Pacific Golden Plovers, 200+ Grey-tailed Tattlers, c200 
Bar-tailed Godwit, c20 Eastern Curlews, c20 Whimbrel, 1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 
c80 Red-necked Stints, c100 Curlew Sandpipers, c100 Australian Pied 
Oystercatchers, 6 Terek Sandpipers, 5 Greenshanks, c10 Great Knot, c15 
Turnstone, a few Red-capped Plovers, Crested and Caspian Terns and 2 
Gull-billed Terns (between 8-10am). Many birds in good summer plumage (except 
the Double-banded Plovers!) Rob Morris 19/4 #5586

Wed 16
Little Eagle Tyto Wetlands: Sudden appearance late morning low over trees. 
General chorus of alarm calls following. (But didn't spook Dusky Moorhen on 
water nearby.) Probably same eagle seen last week being beaten off by a 
wing-flailing Pacific Black Duck in ankle-deep pool defending itself - though 
with minor feather damage in midback - and three smallish ducklings. Photo? I 
wish! Tony Ashton 16/4 #5571

Tue 15
Bush-hen Ingham: Reclaimed wetland just south of Ingham. 18°40'S 146°00'E. 
Walks and viewing areas. 54 species including Bushhen, Plumed Whistling-Duck 
with ducklings in long grass (near 4m scrub python), Wandering Whistling-Duck, 
Green Pygmy-goose, White-browed Crake and Little Kingfisher. Tony Ashton per 
Eremaea (Tim Dolby) 16/4 #5570

Grey Goshawk Golds Scrub Road Samsonvale S.E Qld. David Redhead 15/4 #5565

Mon 14  
Dusky Moorhen Tyto Wetlands Nature Reserve, Ingham: One bird. First seen on 
main lagoon yesterday. Again today. New sighting for Tyto. Too far off for 
worthwhile photo. Tony Ashton 14/4 #5557

Sun 13  
Azure Kingfisher Sawpit Creek, Forest Gardens: 2 Azure Kingfisher, presumably 
male and female, looking for prey, observed along Sawpit Creek, Forest Gardens. 
John Frois per John Seale 18/4 #5582

Australian Koel Mt. Molloy: Koel being fostered by Great Bowerbird in Mt. 
Molloy. (Question: any other such records?) Del Richards per John Seale 18/4 

Sat 12
Oriental Cuckoo Pleasant Close, Mareeba: For last 2 weeks at Pleasant Close, 
Mareeba. Barbara Warren per John Seale 18/4 #5583

Fri 11
Red-capped Robin Elouera Drive, Nanango: 1st sighting this year, returned here 
for winter again.
C & R Fingland per Birds Queensland 18/4 #5579

Sooty Oystercatcher Monkey Beach Great Keppel Island: A pair of Sooty 
Oystercatcher seen on Monkey Beach Great Keppel Island. J. Thompson per Birds 
Queensland 14/4 #5552

Thu 10
Radjah Shelduck Wonga Beach Barra Farm: 13 at Wonga Beach Barra Farm. An 
unprecedented record for Mossman-Daintree area. Del Richards per John Seale 
18/4 #5584

Red Goshawk Nth Mission Beach: Single bird, probably male, patrolling Wongaling 
Creek in mid afternoon. The species is known to nest locally. Adrian Walker 
10/4 #5528

Tue 8
Cotton Pygmy-goose Cove Road, Woodford. South East Qld: 10 birds seen from Cove 
Road, Woodford in South East Queenland. D. Redhead per Birds Queensland 15/4 

Cotton Pygmy-Goose Cove Road, Woodford, S.E Queensland: 10 birds. David Redhead 
10/4 #5527

Black-necked Stork South Mission beach: Solitary adult in swampy grassland 
opposite the Mission Beach tip. Adrian Walker 8/4 #5515

Mon 7
Plum-headed Finch, Turquoise Parrot, Spotted Quail-thrush Ballandean / 
Girraween: 2 adjacent to the first river crossing SW of Ballandean (midday). 1 
probable Turquoise Parrot - flyby in Sundown (Near Red Rock Gorge). Also over a 
long weekend in Girraween there was 4 Spotted Quail-thrush (Whale Rock Walk - 
Girraween Environmental Lodge), 7 Diamond Firetails (by the stream on the Old 
Wallangarra Rd, wouthern end) just before you reach the New England Highway. 
Many Red-rumped Parrots (not on the park list) in this area, Cockatiel, plus 10 
species of Honeyeater in the park, nothing unusual though. Nice family trip, no 
lifers though. Rob Morris 7/4 #5510

Sun 6
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Woowoonga National Park: Two Glossy Black-Cockatoo seen 
at Woowoonga National Park in a white cedar tree. D. Schulz per Birds 
Queensland 15/4 #5564

Sat 5
Asian Dowitcher Boonooroo near Maryborough :3 Asian Dowitchers were seen 
by Chris Barnes and Trevor Quested at Boonooroo near Maryborough , SE 
Queensland at the weekend. Thanks to Chris Barnes for the excellent image. 
[Sourced from ABID at Thanks Tom Tarrant per Tim 
Dolby] Chris Barnes & Trevor Quested per Tom Tarrant 8/4 #5514

Channel-billed Cuckoo, Red-backed Kingfisher, White-browed Treecreeper. 
Kilcowera Station: Kilcowera and Zenonie Stations, far SW Qld situated in the 
mulga rangelands adjacent to the Ramsar listed Currawinya NP, 28°10'S 143°50'E. 
Kilcowera Station 5/4 #5493

Cassowary, Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Superb 
Fruit-Dove Black Mountain Road, Kuranda, Far North Queensland: Cassowary male 
with 3 well-grown chicks, comes most days. Wompoo Fruit-Dove 3 Superb 
Fruit-Dove 2 m Double-eyed Fig-Parrot 2-3 over calling Buff-breasted 
Paradise-Kingfisher 1- migrants heading back north again, we get them every 
year in late March-early April Blue-winged Kookaburra 1, a new bird for the 
immediate area, and unexpected in rainforest, Pale-Yellow Robin pr. look to be 
nesting along drive way Pied Monarch 1 Barred Cuckoo-shrike 5-6, quite a few 
still around Cicadabird 1 calling, getting late for them to be still singing. 
This is the rainforest taxon here with the call a bit like Shining-Bronze- 
Cuckoo. Fairy Gerygone pair Rufous Fantail- first of the winter on 30/3 
Victoria's Riflebird males have moulted and now look quite smart again! Spotted 
Catbird 4. Phil Gregory per birding-aus 5/4 #5492

Fri 4
Lewin's Rail, Brown Quail, Spotted Harrier Lake Samsonvale, Samsonvale cemetery 
area: Extensive lake north-east of Brisbane, west of Redcliffe and south-east 
of Dayboro. Area contains grassland and woodland as well as wetland. Tom 
Tarrant, Paul Walbridge, Martin Stervander, Gavin Goodyear per Tim Dolby 9/4 

Thu 3   
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Bellis Road, Clagiraba: Three birds feeding on Casuarinas 
on Bellis Road, Clagiraba. C.Collins with Gold Coast Bird Observers per Birds 
Queensland 18/4 #5577

Black, Peregrine & Brown Falcon Boyland Wongelpong area: Black, Peregrine & 
Brown Falcon were seen in the Boyland Wongelpong area. They were all flying in 
the same area. C.Collins with Gold Coast Bird Observers per Birds Queensland 
16/4 #5569

Tue 1
Beach Stone-curlew Bustard Bay nr 1770: D. Blewett & L. Hogan per Birds 
Queensland 18/4 #5575

Yellow Chat, Squatter Pigeon, Port Alma Road, near Gladstone & Bustard Bay: 2 
Yellow Chat seen on Port Alma Road, as well as a single Squatter Pigeon (seen 
on 29/03/2008). Beach Stone-curlew seen at Bustard Bay nr 1770. D. Blewett & L. 
Hogan per Birds Queensland. 14/4 #5551

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