Eremaea Birdlines
Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage. The BSCQ region covers a large area from south of Ayr to the New South Wales Border and west to the Northern Territory border.

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland is supported by BirdLife Southern Queensland and moderated by Andy Jensen, Dezmond Wells, Rob Morris and Sandra Gallienne.

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Moderators' Note

The Moderators have adopted a 2 tier sightings system. All legitimate reports will be published,with some sightings which the Moderators consider to be unusual for rarity, distribution or timing being published as 'Highlights' on this page. The following link will appear after sighting submissions which contains information about the species of interest plus the Unusual Record Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included. We encourage any one with a long list of species to enter them into eBird Australia. The Atlas and list entry components of Eremaea Birds moved to a new site called eBird Australia on 1st February 2014. Birdlines will remain here. In the meantime for entering all your lists register with eBird at

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September 2018
Tue 25crimson rosella
clearwater street, ormiston
two birds in tree calling
jeremy wynne 25/9 #235544
Sun 23highlightAustralian Pratincole
Lake Coolmunda
Feeding on the highway side of the lake, back from the waterline near the grass area. Single bird observed for the afternoon. Photo taken from campground side of fence, included for reference.
Kim Cumes and Pauline Brennan 24/9 #235542
Pectoral Sandpiper
Lake Clarendon
Single bird with 200+ sharpies. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter and Michael Daley 23/9 #235526
Sat 22Dollar Bird
Oyster Creek, West Burleigh, Gold Coast
First sighting for the season to Birdline CSQ
Rhonda Ramadge 22/9 #235510
Fri 21highlightMixed woodswallows.
Taabinga, Kingaroy south.
From 9 a.m. today, till 5.30 pm, mixed flocks of white browed, masked and black faced woodswallows almost continuously in flocks from 30 to 50, up to over 100, with rarely a time all day with none in sight, guessing in the thousands, some coming down to feed in flowering eucalypts, then continuing in a general easterly direction. East coast birders, prepare yourselves.
Doug Armstrong 21/9 #235498
White-browed Woodswallow
D'Aguilar National Park
Heard numbers flying high overhead on and off for over 1.5 hours this morning, while bushwalking in remote rainforest in the park. The forest was so dense and tall that it was very difficult to see the birds, but eventually through gaps in the canopy - with binocs on maximum focal length - I saw up to 4 at a time, specks in the sky but easily recognisable by their shape and conspicuous white-tipped tail, and of course, the calls. eBird checklist
Richard Noske 21/9 #235497
Square-tailed Kite
Enoggerah Dam
Great to observe a single StK effortlessly gliding just above the canopy across from the swimming area today. And for us southerners from Victoria, a treat to see two Bush Stone-curlews on the edge of the carpark this is a very rare species in Victoria & 2 Jacana. No Sea-Eagle but we didn't get very far along the lake track...other BoP were Whistling Kite & Brown Goshawk.
Martin O'Brien 21/9 #235491
Thu 20Freckled Duck
Cooby Dam--Lovedays Cove
Group of 12 Freckled Ducks loafing at water's edge with cormorants, Hardheads and pelicans. Also, 8 Australasian Shovelers feeding nearby in open water with submerged ribbon-weed.
Roger Jaensch 20/9 #235486
Tue 18Cotton Pygmy-goose
Kobble Creek BBQ area (nr Samsonvale Cemetery)
Single female, is the first sighting of this species (at this location by this observer) since 1994 eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 18/9 #235461
Shining Flycatcher
Theodolite Creek Woodgate Beach
Ad female seen feeding in mangroves on the edge of Theodolite Creek near boat ramp at 0830
Gavin O’Meara 18/9 #235455
Mon 17Brown songlark
North Wall Scarborough Marina, Scarborough, Qld.
As reported on EBird by Stephen Murray on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo also reported by Stephen Murray on EBird on Sunday. eBird checklist
Paul Turner 18/9 #235449
Sun 16Baillons Crakes
Sandy Camp Road Lagoons
Crakes are abundant and obvious at the moment.One Hobby.
Ross and Natalie Sinclair 16/9 #235430
Fri 14Freckled Duck
Lake Galletly (University of Queensland - Gatton campus)
Single bird loafing on the island's shoreline among abundant whistling-ducks. Peaked crown and fine white marks on dark grey upperparts,
Roger Jaensch 20/9 #235485
highlightAustralian Pratincole
Lake Clarendon
Was feeding around shoreline of water.
Pauline Brennan & Kim Cumes 16/9 #235422
Wed 12White-browed Woodswallow and Masked Woodswallow
Toowoomba--Redwood Park
At least 200 woodswallows, in several groups, passing high above the dry rainforest on mid-slopes of the escarpment, heading south-west. Mixed flocks of these two species recorded in similar circumstances at seven sites in the greater Toowoomba area from 28 August to date of posting (20 September)--including about 200 below the north-western escarpment of Toowoomba on 18 September, spiralling above a Black Falcon.
Roger Jaensch 20/9 #235487
Red-backed Buttonquail
Found it being eaten by a pied butcherbird A cat was nearby watching, possible the PBB stole it from the cat
Chris Perry 12/9 #235389
Brown Songlark
Maleny Precinct.
This bird has been around for a few days now.
Ian Starling 12/9 #235383
Tue 11Red-backed Kingfisher
Finland Road, Paradise Waters
Just before highway overpass. Not in its normal range.
Ian Starling 11/9 #235371
Mon 10Barn Owl
Minnippi Parklands
1 near southern car-park, bird was constantly harassed by Miners & Butcherbirds. First site record, poor record shot attached
Stuart Pickering 10/9 #235367
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Gold's Scrub Lane (Lake Samsonvale)
I heard the first raucous call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo for the summer this morning around Lake Samsonvale. eBird checklist
Marie Tarrant 10/9 #235363
Sun 9diamond dove
Glendale locality, adjacent to Fitzroy River in the Belmont creek area, Rockhampton
Eastern record, 3 diamond doves in a group of about 7 peaceful doves and around 50 double-barred finches.
Andrew McDougall 9/9 #235359
Sat 8Brown Songlark
Oxley Creek Common
Distant view on grass slope on far side of lake on right. Too large and all over dark for previously reported Rufous SL.
Robert Dougherty & Colin Reid 8/9 #235339
Fri 7Australasian Figbird
Balonne River walk, Surat at -27.15000, 149.06666
One male in bright breeding plumage. ? edge of distribution ssp. vieilloti
June Harris 11/9 #235377
Superb Fairy-wren
Wyaralong Dam. Mt Joyce Recreation Area
This wren appears to have 4 eyes? (Moderators note: on closer inspection the second eye is the rear end of a tick)
John Price 7/9 #235333
Thu 6Masked and White-browed Woodswallows
Kobble Creek, SEQ
Constant presence of flocks of Masked and White-browed WSs from midday today over Kobble Creek. Very high and more heard than seen. Grey sky makes for poor photos eBird checklist
Marie Tarrant 6/9 #235317
Tue 4Masked Woodswallow
Crystal Waters Eco Village, Conondale
Masked Woodswallow and White-browed Woodswallows, a large flock of 300. Well, those are new ones for the home list!
Ian Starling 4/9 #235302
Mon 3channel-billed cuckoo
442 Bunburra road, Bunburra 4310
Equal earliest arrival in our area with 1988.
Errol stenzel 8/9 #235337
Painted Button-quail
Kureelpa Falls Track
Single bird walking across track, in drier forest section near waterfall. First time observed after many visits. eBird checklist
John Kooistra & Vince Lee 3/9 #235300
Sun 2White-cheekd honeyeater
Huth Rd., Jacob's Well
Not sure how unusual this is. I've only seen them north of /Brisbane in the past. The bird is in the centre of this photo. Lots of honeyeaters of different sorts on both sides of the road in the late morning.. (Moderators Note (SG): Have been recorded at Jacobs Well previously but this is not a well birded area so hard to determine if they are routinely present). eBird checklist
David Lie 2/9 #235288
Lathams Snipe
Eric Mcsweeney ct Narangba
A pair feeding on the edge of a small dam on private property but viewed from the roadside, great to see them so close to home. our first sighting for the year.
Bernie and Linda McIvor and wilma 2/9 #235285
Red Wattlebird
Private garden,. Mt Glorious
One bird observed sitting in deciduous tree before being aggressively chased off by resident Little Wattlebirds. New bird for garden and ?? Mt Glorious. Flew south. Hundreds of migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeater passing over house southward bound for last 3 weeks. Noisy Friarbird also seen heading south this am. (Moderator's Note (SG): Only 8 Red Wattlebird records for Moreton Bay Council Area in ebird - Closest to Mt Glorious from Armstrong Creek in June 2010 by Tom Tarrant, Mike & Linda Lewis. Recent confirmed records from NPWS Office at Moggill also Greenbank, and 1 unconfirmed record from Griffin)
Judith Hoyle 2/9 #235278
Sat 1Pale-vented Bush-hen
Maleny CBD... no, really!
Very surprised to see this bird in the back garden whilst doing the dishes. eBird checklist
Ian Starling 1/9 #235269

August 2018
Thu 30Speckled warbler
monsildale road Kilcoy
calling and displaying
Bernie and Linda McIvor 2/9 #235284
Dusky Woodswallow
Monsildale road kilcoy
Catching some afternoon sun. 5 birds in total.
Bernie and Linda McIvor 2/9 #235283
Swift Parrot
Postman's Track, Samsonvale
4 birds calling, overflying 'swiftly' near western Red, White and Blue track intersection at dusk. eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 30/8 #235252
Wed 29Baillon's Crake
Edington Drive Environmental Reserve (Cooroibah)
single bird on thick aquatic veg. southern end of main pond eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 30/8 #235249
Tue 28Musk lorikeets
Sanctuary cove, Gold Coast
Abundant eucalyptus flowering atm with several muskies joining on in the fun.
Carmen and Duncan Fowler 30/8 #235247
Sun 26highlightSwift Parrot
Postman's Track, Samsonvale
First noted on call, At least 2, possibly 5 birds in tall gums. For more details contact Tom Tarrant on provided email address eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 26/8 #235209
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
Rare migrant
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