Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

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Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
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Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 01:30:24 +1000
Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 14 Mar 2010.

Wed 10 Mar      Torresian Imperial-Pigeon Townsville CBD: Wills Street
5 birds observed early afternoon: - Wills Street in a Palm tree adjacent
to Transport and Main Roads Department, State Government offices.
Weather showers and windy. Unusual to have 5 birds in 1 tree. Remained
several minutes. Possibly gathering for northward migration.
Denise Elrick (per Alexandra Canton)

        Wompoo Fruit-dove Arlington Court, KIRWAN (suburb of Townsvile)
This one Wompoo Fruit-dove has been seen daily at the above residential
address since 01 March 2010. The bird is usually seen resting in this
back-yard River Cherry tree, as in the picture. A resident Magpi-lark
tries continually to anoy the Wompoo, but is generally ignored.
Historical: - Resultant from Cyclone Larry devastating the Wompoo's
usual Rain Forest habitats to the north of here in March 2006 we did see
many Wompoos in Townsville City suburbia. There have been no similar
events, except for the usual very wet monsoonal weather. Unusual then to
see this bird in the suburbs of Townsville.
Constance Smith (submitted by Len Ezzy)

Tue 9 Mar       Red-necked Crake Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge,
Julatten, QLD
2 adults with four chicks observed by a guest, alongside the orchard at
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge. Good breeding record.
Melissa Hamilton per Keith Fisher

Mon 8 Mar       Blue-faced Parrot-Finch Gillies Lookout, near Cathedral
Fig, Atherton Talblelands
One young bird clearly seen but others heard and glimpsed. Suspect flock
size about 5 birds.
Alan Gillanders

        Lovely Fairy-wren Gillies Lookout, near Cathedral Fig, Atherton
The birds have become less regular at this site over the last few years.
Two Females.
Alan Gillanders

        Black-necked Stork Hyde Park (Suburb of Townsville City)
One male Black-necked Stork observed (0630 hours today) about 40 metres
to the south of the busy Woolcock Street. Geographical Coordinates
(Datum GDA 94) 19°16'20" south; 146°47'52" east. The bird was working
the inundated drain area above the salt water restriction valve between
between the "Hyde Park Centre" and the residences on the east of the
drain. First time I've seen this species in busy suburbia.
Len Ezzy


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