Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 5 Aug 2013 07:14:32 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 4 Aug 2013.

Sun 4 Aug Lathams Snipe Ross River Dam Borrow Pits Kelso
Single bird feeding on exposed mud eastern (road) side. (incorrectly submitted to Birdline central Queensland!!)
Ed Pierce

Sun 28 Jul Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck Ross River Dam, Lake Ross & SW Hinterland
Birdlife Townsville outing - Pop Sullivan Boat Cruise on Lake Ross. 40 observers. Highlights of the day was the Freckled Duck (350) (+) Freckled Ducks (Very Rare here - Most ever reported in the Townsville Region) scoped roosting/preening on a shallow/flatish bay to the south of where the Ross River enters Lake Ross. Mixed roost with Pink-Eared Ducks and Grey Teal. Pink-eared Duck (260) A couple of small flocks on Lake Ross, but majority 220 (+) mixed with the 350 (+) Freckled Ducks
BirdLife Townsville

Sun 28 Jul Spotted Harrier Holloways Beach Access Road
One bird flying north over Holloways Beach Access Road. Uncommon in Cairns lowland.
Mikey Kudo

Freckled Duck Hasties Swamp National Park
Hasties Swamp National Park 4 km south of Atherton. From the bird hide 2 birds were seen roosting on a log about 40 Metres south of the hide. They were in the company of a mixed flock of Plumed Whistling Duck and Pink-Eared Duck. Had them in view for over an hour as they preened and moved about. Am absolutely certain about the identity of these ducks as I've seen this species many times in the past. (Moderator Note:- This is the 19th record this year from this location).
Ben Weston.

Sat 27 Jul Australian Little Bittern Tyto Wetlands, Ingham
Female Little Bittern fishing briefly from base of main scleria isalnd, main lagoon about 10.30am today. (Male sighting similarly last week).
Tony Ashton

Pink-eared Duck, Grey Goshawk, Red-kneed Dotterel Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Partly overcast, bush birds quiet, waterbirds showing well. Pink-eared Duck (9) tower hide Grey Goshawk (1) white morph Red-kneed Dotterel (2) tower hide
Ed Pierce

Mon 22 Jul Budgerigar Approx 20km south of Hann River on Peninsular Development Road
Flock of about 2000 birds seen roadside. My first record on the cape and quite a decent size flock to see.
Ben Bright

Sun 21 Jul Fuscous Honeyeater Old Flinders Hwy, Woodstock to Ross River Dam
Fuscous Honeyeater heard only near 'Woodlands' end in flowering gum but unable to track down. Call identical to that of the Fuscous Honeyeaters seen several weeks ago at Page Road, at the base of Herveys Range. Included here so other birders can watchout for it.
Alexandra Canton

Sun 21 Jul Diamond Dove Mareeba Wetlands Gate
Flock of 14 birds at 12:30 pm 200m past gate..
Del. Richards.

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