Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 10 Dec 2012 01:31:19 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 9 Dec 2012.

Fri 7 Dec Sooty Owl Mt Lewis, lower slopes
1 (Lesser Sooty Owl) seen on lower reaches. Also Papuan Frogmouth and possible Masked (?) Owl heard. (Moderator Note: Masked Owl tenuous heard at a distance, recorded as possible).
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham, Chloe Youl

Sarus Crane Emerald Falls Rd (Mareeba)
At least 5 in a flock of 50 or so Brolga - 5km down road from Henry Hannam Drive, Mareeba.
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham, Chloe Youl

Red Goshawk Outskirts of Hope Vale
Perched on a dead snag beside road at 15.2983, 145.0931.
Chris Wiley

Thu 6 Dec Great Knot 30 Black Gully Road, Tinaroo
Great Knot
Norton Gill

White-winged Chough Prairie QLD 10' Cell
White-winged Chough (2) seen in garden in Prarie by residents Tom & Andrea Duddy (per Alexandra Canton). Unusual in area.
Alexandra Canton

Black-tailed Native-hen Pentland
Black-tailed Native-hen good numbers among over 200 Purple Swamphens and a few Dusky Moorhen in paddocks near the dam. Water level still fairly high; very hot ~37*C
Alexandra Canton

Noisy Pitta Belgian Gardens, Townsville
Foraging in suburban garden.
Marjory Cook via Keith Fisher

Wed 5 Dec Spotted Whistling-Duck Wonga Beach
11 on dam on "For Sale" block opposite Bowman Rd. Easily seen from road. (Moderator Note: Please view from road and don't trespass on private property. There have been problems with neighbours previously).
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham, Chloe Youl

Oriental Cuckoo Yorkey's Knob
Went to golf course to look for recently reported Cotton Pygmy-goose, no sign but 2 rufous female Oriental Cuckoo.
Dave Torr, Christine Shelley, Iian Denham,, Chloe Youl

Tue 4 Dec Black-winged Monarch Mt Cook National Park - east side
(1) adult male seen and heard, at the Gap coming into Cooktown Previous sighing of this species at same location in early April this year
Kath Shurcliff & Dave Houghton

Sun 2 Dec Little Curlew France Rd turf farm, Edmonton.
One individual this afternoon.
Chris Wiley

Fri 30 Nov Great-billed Heron Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Adult seen in Bushy Creek, twice and once flying over lodge grounds. We presume these birds which turn up most years come down the Mitchell River System from the Gulf of Carpentaria. We are on the western side of the great divide with no river/creek systems flowing to the coast.
Keith Fisher

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