Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 18 Nov 2013 03:02:24 +1000

Birdline North Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 17 Nov 2013.

Sun 17 Nov Barking Owl Ross River Kelso
Two adults and two recently fledged young birds seen in trees on the banks of the Ross River about 1km below the spillway.
Ian Boyd, Shane Crees and Janet Cross

Banded Honeyeater Ross River Dam Borrow Pits Kelso
On the regular monthly survey of the Ross River Dam area one possibly two birds seen on the in trees on the western side of borrow pits.
Ian Boyd, Shane Crees and Janet Cross

Square-tailed Kite Girringun National Park (Wallaman Falls)
Pair Square-tailed Kite nesting in horizontal fork of towering gum near communications tower clearing at top of road to falls. Unable to see if birds breeding or just thinking about it
Tony Ashton

Sat 16 Nov Grey Wagtail Lake Evan,(Brady Road Swamp) Mareeba
Observers - Doug Herrington, Kevin and Leanne Ross Grey Wagtail (1) seen by 3 observers - non-breeding - yellowish on breast, pale legs (as opposed to all other wagtails) also seen 2 years ago at Lake Mitchell. Aso seen - 4 Australian Pratincole
Doug Herrington

Rufous Owl Cairns
Rufous Owl (1) As reported earlier. Still on corner Florence and Abbott Streets.
Judy Leitch

Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher Daintree River cruise
Great-billed Heron (2) Excellent views of juvenile begging Little Kingfisher (1)
Judy Leitch

Australian Brush-Turkey Keatings Lagoon Conservation Park
There has been some speculation in the past, as to whether the two subspecies of Brush-Turkey ever hybridise. This bird near Cooktown shows some purple colour amidst its predominantly yellow collar - evidence for hybridasation? Over the past 5 years, we have seen at least 3 such birds in Cooktown area.
Kath Shurcliff & Dave Houghton

Fri 15 Nov Metallic Starling Townsville 10' Cell
Metallic Starling (1) High in tree, calling, West End garden, Adult. Not common in Townsville
Ed Pierce

Thu 14 Nov White-winged Triller Mount Louisa (suburb)
White-winged Triller (1x male) heard and seen calling high in the Silky Oak tree in the back yard. A new bird to our yard list of 19 years. Photographed for ID
Len & Chris Ezzy

Tue 12 Nov Bush-hen Cattana Wetland, Smithfield, Cairns
Bush-hen (1) Scooted across the path between the two lakes. David Lloyd who runs the wetland advises that they are seen and heard often.
Luke Jackson (2757)

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