Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 8 Apr 2013 01:31:40 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 7 Apr 2013.

Sat 6 Apr Little Curlew Edmonton Turf Farm (Hill Road)
One bird along with four Pacific Golden Plover in nice partial breeding plumage, about 5pm
John Grant

Yellow-billed Spoonbill Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (4) Breeding plumes, lagoons on Emmerson Street (Towncommon approach road) 10:45am
Ed Pierce

Fri 5 Apr Budgerigar Bamford Lane, Mt Louisa (Kirwan end)
This morning, a flock of twenty to twenty-five budgerigars flew over...
Annette Sutton

Mon 1 Apr Wandering Tattler Green Island
1 non-breeding plumaged Wandering Tattler seen on the NW part of the island in the company of 2 Grey-tailed Tattlers, 2 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Red-necked Stint. Also 1 Common Tern, several Little Terns, Bridled Terns & Black Noddies around the jetty. Rose-crowned Fruit-dove heard in the forest.
Kevin Bartram

Gouldian Finch Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
1 x Gouldian Finch in the company of a flock Nutmeg Mannikins - Monday, 01/04/2013 at about 8:15am, between 1st and 2nd viewing points.
Annette and Ray Sutton

Black-tailed Gull Cairns Esplanade
1 Black-tailed Gull seen today from 2pm-4pm on The Esplanade, Cairns. There is no doubt about the ID of this bird, a first immature non-breeding Black-tailed Gull, the first of this species for Cairns & one of just a handful of records in Australia. More photos are available on request - one of Martin's herewith to show some key diagnostics.
Martin Cachard, Terry Reis, Adam Arnold

Sat 30 Mar Little Button-quail Mt Lewis, 400m back from the 10km clearing
1 very tiny quail seen walking along the track near the concrete ford, close to the top of the mountain. Looked to me like a young bird. At the time didn't know of the previous recent sighting there, so I was quite surprised to see this species walking in front of me. I got out of the car and took some photos, then lost sight of the bird, kept on walking then 2 feet in front of me flushed the bird! Plenty of Bridled Honeyeaters up the top there.
Kevin Bartram

Blue-faced Parrot-Finch and possible Chesnut-breasted Cuckoo Mt Lewis, about 5-6 Ks from 10km clearing
A small group heard in an open area, & 1 adult photographed. A few Ks lower down heard a possible Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo. Heard several times, but couldn't see the bird. Call very similar to Fan-tailed Cuckoo, but to my ears, sounded less mournful & more upbeat, with perhaps a slightly more rapid trill; this matched a recording I had of the bird I had with me.
Kevin Bartram

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