Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 18 Oct 2010 01:30:15 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 17 Oct 2010.

Sat 16 Oct Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher Kingfisher Park, Julatten, Queensland
At least three calling in the dawn chorus. This is the earliest record going back to 1994 they have arrived. The previous earliest was 19th October 2007. One was reported from Mission Beach on 14th and another from Jindalba Boardwalk (across the Daintree River on the way to Cape Tribulation) on 15th October 2010. Also reported south of Cairns on 16th from Kirrima in the ranges behind Cardwell.
Keith Fisher

Thu 14 Oct Asian Dowitcher Cairns Esplanade, Queensland
One individual roosting with godwits and knots at high tide (around 2pm) at the northern end of the esplanade. I couldn't relocate it today (15th). There was also a single Radjah Shelduck present on the freshwater Centenary Lake today.
Chris Wiley

Tue 12 Oct Flock Bronzewing Alice Springs Airport, Northern Territory
2 km west of Alice Springs Airport - 23° 48.686'S, 133° 52.900'E Two adult birds flew over very fast headed south-west. Clear view.
Mark Carter

Mon 11 Oct House Crow Flying Fish Point, Innisfail, Queensland
Yesterday afternoon I saw a lone House Crow at Flying Fish Point Innisfail in Far North Queensland. Interestingly this is about 30 km north of Mourilyan Harbour where international shipping docks to load raw sugar.
Ivor Preston

Sun 10 Oct Red-chested Button-quail Wyndham Vale, Victoria
Private property to the north of proposed shopping centre development on Ballan Road. Site is degraded native grassland with high proportion of exotic weeds. We spent about two hours walking this site before flushing a single bird. Once flushed we managed to follow it and flush it again another two times. Good views as it flew away from us. A pale, dull button-quail with pale belly and rufous / buff chest - clearly a male bird from these features.
Paul Dodd & Ruth Woodrow

Sat 9 Oct Beach stone-curlew Harrington Beach at low tide in the afternoon, New South Wales
Seen again in the same area on the 10th
Philip Arthur Rowlings

Sat 2 Oct Arctic Tern, Common Tern Mordialloc, Victoria
Following on from my tern reports on sunday, I have finally got the two identified. My guide lists the Arctic Tern as a rare migrant.
James Bailey

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