Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

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

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 27 Nov 2011.

Sun 27 Nov Beach Stone-curlew, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Rocky Point, north of Mossman
A single Beach Stone-curlew was on the beach at Rocky Point at 8:30am this morning. Also, I was surprised to see between 30-40 Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos there perched in a tall Beach Almond tree. The whole flock then flew N along the caost towards Wonga Beach. These group of birds is of mixed age & apparently would be the same birds that have been frequenting the Cairns area since March/April 2011. One wonders what has brought these birds to the coast to begin with & what has kept them here - it could well be related to cyclone Yasi.
Martin Cachard

Oriental Cuckoo Palmetum Botanical Garden, Townsville
Oriental Cuckoo (1) high in trees in forested area with brush cuckoos
Ed Pierce

Fri 25 Nov Spotted Whistling-Duck Daintree River
7 birds swimming in the river during an afternoon boat trip. Could be some of the birds which were recently at Wonga Beach which is not far away. New location for this species.
Murray Hunt (Daintree Boatman Nature Tours) via Keith Fisher

Thu 17 Nov Probable Buff-sided Robin circa 7km ESE of Cloncurry
Juvenile bird heard (loud 4 note piping call) and observed in creekline vegetation on freehold land ESE of Cloncurry. Cloncurry Box woodland on alluvium, creekline with Corymbia, Mesquite, etc. Large (> Brown & Rufous-throated Honeyeaters in same tree) reddish-brown juvenile robin with two transverse buff 'wing bars', robust hooked beak. Very active in understorey with wing flicking, tail cocking, and bobbing. About 340km ESE of nearest other records at Lawn Hill NP/Gregory River. On range and size probably a Buff-sided Robin (P. superciliosus cerviniventris), but about 300+km ESE of the nearest known occurrence at Lawn Hill NP. As the bird was juvenile, nominate White-browed Robin (P. s. superciliosus) cannot be comprehensively ruled out; despite how far this site is from the nearest occurrence of that taxon.Moderators note: extensive field notes provided.If interested please contact the moderators.
Lawrie Conole

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