Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 01:30:25 +1000
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Published sightings for the week ending 31 Jan 2010.

Wed 27 Jan      Australian Pratincole Hughes Rd, Ayr district
A pair of Australian Pratincoles in a recently prepared canefield on
Hughes Rd only a few hundred metres from the Bruce Highway turnoff. This
turnoff is about 15min north of Ayr.
John Stewart

        Latham's Snipe Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
At about 250 metres past the entrance gate to the Town Common, on the
west (Rowes Bay Golf Course) side of the gravel road in, we watched 2 x
Latham's Snipe on flooded waters edge on the #1 hole fairway of the golf
course. They were probing and trying to feed, but were being generally
moved about by a couple of competing Australian White Ibis. Time about
4:30 pm.
Len and Chris Ezzy

        Pied Heron Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
At the entrance to the common, east side roosting with Australian Ibis
and cormorants. Very unusual in Townsville. Weather was very stormy and
when rain stopped, the birds went back to feeding. 11:30 am. Photo taken
28 Jan by Annette & Ray Sutton in the same area.
Ivor Preston

Tue 26 Jan      White-winged Black Tern Links Road, Locality of Mount
Extensive and active feeding flock of White-winged Black Terns (estimate
1,000 plus) over innundated wetland on easten side of Links Road, about
200 metres from its intersection with the Bruce Highway. Site is
approximtely 5 km WSW of the town of Giru. In the pouring rain this
flock extended to the limits of visibility. Occasionally some birds
would rest along the barbed-wire fences. Only a few Whiskered Terns were
interspersed in that flock. Time 3:20 pm
TRBOC outing (per Len Ezzy)

Sun 24 Jan      Little Curlew Ayr
A flock of 45 birds was seen on the Airdmillan Road about 2 km from Ayr.
The birds were feeding and preening on a fallow paddock (short grass and
low weeds) on the left-hand side heading out of town just past the
"Ready Mix" concrete company. There were White and Straw-necked Ibis
also feeding but in another section of the paddock. The Little Curlew
were quite close to the road amongst yellow flower patches and good
views were possible from the parked car. They were there about 8.30 am
and then still there about 11 am as I drove past the site again.
Peter Valentine

        Yellow White-eye Plantation Creek, northeast of Ayr
Jo Wienecke's guide book gives excellent instructions on how to get to
this site. GPS - 19, 32'10.8"S and 147, 29'25.46"E. There were five
birds in a flock feeding in the mangroves along the edge of the creek.
This is one of very few places where Yellow White-eye can be seen in
Queensland. The time was 9.00 am. The photo shows the yellow underparts.
The species was also seen here in 2009 (25.01.09).
Peter Valentine

Thu 14 Jan      Black-throated Finch Bucks Road, Motor Club
2 Black-throated Finches seen feeding in grass in front of gates. on the
left side facing the gate. GPS Coordinates:- GDA 19°34'12"S; 148°50'12"E
Barbara Sally Reidy

Mon 11 Jan      Wandering Tattler Endeavour River mouth Cooktown
single bird seen along rock wall at mouth of river.
Kath Shurcliff & Dave Houghton


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