Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 9 Sep 2013 06:42:04 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 8 Sep 2013.

Sat 7 Sep Common Starling; Curlew Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Undesirable presence of a Common Starling (1) at Payet's Hide; another seen on power line at Rowe's Bay by caravan park. Good numbers of very active and actively feeding shore birds.
Niel Bruce

Sat 7 Sep Pink-eared Duck, Black-tailed Godwit, Pied Currawong Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
Partly overcast. All drying very quickly. Pink-eared Duck (1) 1st viewpoint Black-tailed Godwit (1) 1st viewpoint (flight Identification) Pied Currawong (12) freshwater hide, moved on from nest tree by Australian Ravern.
Ed Pierce

Fri 6 Sep Little Woodswallow Springmount Road, Wondecla
About two dozen birds roosting in an arboreal termite mound, broken at the base, in the early twilight.
Alan Gillanders

Thu 5 Sep Freckled Duck Hasties Swamp National Park
Cold, wet and windy with a few breaks in the bad weather. Freckled Duck (14) Increasing numbers over the past few weeks.
Keith & Lindsay Fisher

Sun 1 Sep Brolga and Sarus Crane Delta Downs Station, Normanton-Karumba Road.
600-700 a fortnight ago with numbers increasing every day. A 1000 last week, closer to 2000 this week as water dries up. Look like mobs of grey sheep out on the plains with their heads down digging for bulbs, come into the water in dams and lagoons beside road in the heat of the day and go back out to feed on dusk. 300 to 400 standing in a dam like Flamingo's All gone on Friday 30th August, told they migrate to Atherton Tablelands to feed on pea crops etc. and to breed as there is no swamps left in Karumba area. (Moderator Note:- Sarus Crane breeding records are in the gulf country around Normanton mainly January - April, Brolga breeding season in Northern. Queensland is mainly January-February).
Barney Enders

Thu 29 Aug Great-billed Heron Malanda 10' cell
Third record of this species at this location (private property) over the last three years. The first record was 14th May 2011, second record date unknown. The altitude was at 700m ASL, which is unusual. Any other records at this altitude would be welcome. (Moderator Note:- The observer is very familiar with this species as he has seen many on the Daintree River in his job as a bird guide).
Yu Ota via Keith Fisher

Tue 20 Aug Flock Bronzewing Karumba
Approx. 2000 coming in to a water hole along the Delta Downs Station road to drink. I spent several mornings trying to get a photo of them landing in the water to drink as there were to many to land on the the bank. (photos)
Barney Enders

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