Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

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Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
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Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 01:30:23 +1000
Birdline North Queensland 

Published sightings for the week ending 13 Jun 2010.

Wed 9 Jun       Rufous Owl Townsville - Palmetum Gardens 
Solitary Rufous Owl observed for about half an hour at the Townsville
Palmetum Gardens near the Black Hawk Helicopter crash memorial. It was
holding last night's dinner (Brush-tailed Possum).and occasionally it
would take a break for a further snack. It did not appear phased by our
presence at all, nor by the many other visitors who came to see what we
were looking at. We did manage to get some photographs though, before
leaving it as we found it. Not a common bird, Rufous Owls have been seen
periodically around this location. 
Len Ezzy & Chris Barnes 

        Black-chinned Honeyeater Garbutt - Townsville 
2 Black-chinned Honeyeaters seen behind Bunnings Warehouse, Cnr
Duckworth Street and Dalrymple Road, Garbutt at about mid-day Wednesday
09/06/2010 (First time sighting of this species here for me over say the
last 15 years). These birds were feeding high in the canopy of the
Eucalypts beside Louisa Creek and adjoining the relocated nest of the
renown "Bunnings White-bellied Sea-Eagles", who incidentally did not
appear to be in the vicinity of that nest area. 
Len Ezzy & Chris Barnes 

Mon 7 Jun       Budgerigar Tyto Wetlands 
Budgerigar flying fast northwest across main lagoon about 10am.
Extremely rare vagrant (never recorded in Tyto) or escapee. Native
colours. Snatch of song. 
Tony Ashton 

Tue 1 Jun       Rufous Owl Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge, Julatten,
Calling and seen on edge of rainforest in orchard area, perched about
15m off the ground. First sighting since May 2009, annual visits over
the last few years, appeared around same time of year in 2007. Usually
stay for about a month before moving on. 
Keith Fisher 


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