Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 25 Mar 2013 01:31:53 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 24 Mar 2013.

Wed 20 Mar Dollarbird Babbler Hill, Mount Molloy
Up to 20 Dollarbird hawking insects in a mixed flock of Rainbow Bee-eater, Australian Swiftlet, a Spangled Drongo, one White-throated Needletail, two White-breasted Woodswallow, a young Fairy Martin and a Black Kite who flew in to join them. Uncommonl to see such a large flock of Dollarbird who presumably were migrating north. ( HANZAB sights a report in 1965 of a flock of 50 birds presumably migrating north).
Carol iles (via Keith Fisher)

Mon 18 Mar Grey Goshawk Tyto Wetlands
Grey Goshawk in two fast glides across top of reeds and long grasses and back into trees just NE of lookout knoll this morning. Species doesn't usually show up till April. Also, two young Collared Sparrowhawks; plus local Black-shouldered Kite and Nankeen Kestrel.
Tony Ashton

Sun 17 Mar White-throated Needletail, Australian Swiftlet Rollingstone 10' Cell
Drove north into a flock of approx 100x White-throated Needletails and 5x Australian Swiftlets feeding in a circular fashion (from east to west) above the Bruce Highway just south of Rollingstone Sunday 7:35am-7.40am. Reversed to watch them and had excellent views of white throats and rumps as the birds were feeding only from 2-6 metres above ground level. Melaleuca scrub either side of road. Clear bright morning - 33 degrees later in day. Observers Joan Wharton and Rosemary Payet.
Joan Wharton (1757)

Sun 10 Mar Snipe (species) Lake Moondarra, Mt Isa
2 x Gallinago Snipe (species) seen at Clearwater Lagoon. Most likely Swinhoe's Snipe
Dick Jenkin and David Stuart

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