Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 25 Apr 2011 01:30:28 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 24 Apr 2011.

Sun 24 Apr White-eared Monarch Upper Ross River, Townsville
About 500 metres downstream from spillway, feeding on foliage of trees along left bank of Ross River, single juvenile White-eared Monarch very active and confiding; observation 11.30 am. Photo attached.
Peter Valentine

Sat 23 Apr Grey Fantail Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge, Julatten, QLD
1st sighting of this migratory species from southern Australia this year.
Keith Fisher

Thu 21 Apr Southern Cassowary Carr Road, Julatten
Adult with one chick crossing road. Although cassowaries have been reported on Mt. Lewis behind this location it is unusual to have them come down into here. There is a fruit orchard along this road and this was probably the reason the birds were in this location, the owner had previously reported a sighting in his orchard. There may be a food shortage up on the mountain range behind forcing the birds down to lower altitudes.
Carol Iles per Keith Fisher

Sun 17 Apr Rufous Owl Palmetum Gardens, Townsville
Thanks to a great tip by Kathy Wilk, both resident Rufous Owls present and for once in the open. Left hand bird has only one eye, and which looks a lot healthier than last year.
Ed Pierce (thanks to Kathy Wilk)

Thu 14 Apr Oriental Cuckoo Jourama Fall campground (Paluma Range NP) 23km S of Ingham.
Both grey and rufous forms, see attached photo of rufous.
Ed Pierce

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