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 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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 Eremaea eBird. The Atlas and list entry components of Eremaea Birds will move to a new site called Eremaea eBird on 1st February 2014. Birdlines will remain here. In the meantime for entering all your lists register with eBird at

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April 2016
Fri 29Masked Owl
Jimna State Forest--Peach Trees Campsite
1 female eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 30/4 #227369
Powerful Owl
Jimna State Forest--Peach Trees Campsite
1 male eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 30/4 #227366
Square-tailed Kite
2km south of Kin Kin
Single Square-tailed Kite soaring over forest. Pair of Wedge-tailed Eagle high in sky, flocks of Topknot Pigeon totalling 70+ flying just above canopy. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 29/4 #227352
Thu 28Square-tailed Kite
Drummen Park, Narangba
Flying above the park. Shot taken at maximum range of the camera a COOLPIX P900.
Dez Wells 29/4 #227357
Sun 24Eastern Grass Owl, Red-backed Buttonquail
Maroochy River, Bli Bli
Following records last week, 4 Eastern Grass Owls & 2 Red-backed Buttonquail seen Further information
Greg Roberts & Garry Deering 24/4 #227310
Sat 23Zebra Finch, Plum-headed Finch & Yellow Thornbill
Flocks of 50+ finches (Zebras, Plummies and Double-bars) were flying between harvested sorghum paddocks and trees just outside Kalbar. A couple of Yellow Thornbills were in roadside Brigalow scrub.
Deborah Metters 25/4 #227321
Australasian Shoveler
North Arm
1 male, rare visitor to Sunshine Coast Further information
Greg Roberts 24/4 #227311
Thu 21Barred Cuckoo-Shrike
Mt Glorious.
4 birds observed in scope feeding in large fruiting fig at southern end of Western Window Track. Good vantage point from roadside above bottom section of Maiala picnic ground. Large numbers of birds feeding in tree including Wompoo Fruit-Doves, Regent Bowerbirds and Topknot Pigeons.
Gavin O'Meara 21/4 #227272
Wed 20Speckled Warbler
Forgan Cove, Forgan Rd Joyner
One bird sighted about 10 minutes walk along Forgan Cove walk, northern entry, also a Restless Flycatcher
John Dennison 21/4 #227279
Zebra Finch, Plum-headed Finch
Road leading to Jondaryan Gliding Club near Oakey
Flock of 16 finches flew up on fence. Great views of 12 Zebra Finch and 4 Plum-headed Finches. Small flock of Plum-headed Finches at Doctors Creek. Plus Imm. Brush Cuckoo, Black Falcon and Yellow Thornbill. No Painted Honeyeaters or Black-eared Cuckoos.
Judith Hoyle and Hiele Lootsma 21/4 #227271
Tue 19Red-backed Buttonquail, Eastern Grass Owl, King Quail, Spotted Harrier
Maroochy River
2 Red-backed Buttonquail calling also 4-6 King Quail. 1 Grass Owl at sunrise. 2 Spotted Harriers, 1 Swamp Harrier. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 19/4 #227255
Sat 16Gould's Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Highlights of a good Southport Trip were a Gould's Petrel that showed well round the boat for a short while, also 2-3 Kermadec Petrels, good numbers of Tahiti and Providence Petrels, 1 Grey-faced Petrel, 1 White-faced Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Pomarine Jaegers and 2 Aus Gannets
Stuart Pickering and all onboard the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 17/4 #227236
442 Bunburra road,Boonah. 4310 about 100 meters from road in a paddock.
A flock of 6 togeather with Rainbow and Scaly-Brested Lorikeets in Moretonbay ash trees, 4.30 in afternoon. Further information
Errol Stenzel 13/4 #227200
Sat 9highlightWhite-bellied Storm-Petrel
Offshore--Southport Sea Mounts Pelagic
At least 1 bird seen well - subject to a BARC Submission.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic Sea-Mounts (Britannia)organised by Paul Walbridge 11/4 #227180
megamegaBand-rumped Storm Petrel
Southport Pelagic Sea-Mounts (Britannia)
1ST for Australia - subject to BARC submission. First called by Rohan Clarke - watch and photographed by all on board. More trip details to follow.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic Sea-Mounts (Britannia)organised by Paul Walbridge 11/4 #227179
Square tailed Kite
Rafting Ground Road. Brookfield.
Great views of bird. Sighting just after 1pm. Not uncommon in westen bne but its been a while since i have seen one this close to Kenmore.
Justin watson 10/4 #227175
Fri 8Black-breasted Button-quail
Inskip Point Recreation Area
Many fresh platelets sighted. Then 4 very secretive BBBQ's. Last one clearly viewed as a male. Seen off the track heading towards road where fourbies let the air utf their tyres.
Burnice Starkey 11/4 #227181
Grey Goshawk
Tingalpa Creek Ransome
One bird seen well soaring, towards Redlands Golf Course.
Amanda Johnston 8/4 #227141
Wed 6Square-tailed Kite
Lake Coolmunda Caravan Park
One bird circled low over the cabins for about 10 minutes at 11.00am.
Barry and Matt Davies 9/4 #227150
Tue 5Black Falcon
Biddaddaba Road, 500m from the Beaudesert to Canungra Road
One bird seen flying directly overhead. This is the first sighting near here of one by either of us even though Matt drives through here on a daily basis to go to Beaudesert to teach and did so as a student.
Barry and Matt Davies 9/4 #227151
Sun 3Freckled Duck, Musk Duck
Golds Scrub Lane, Samsonvale
Freckled Duck seen from the hill near the cemetery. Not too many sightings around Brisbane recently. The Musk Duck previously reported is still present. eBird checklist
Steve Murray 3/4 #227072
Sat 2Square-tailed Kite, Black Falcon, Red-winged Parrot
Australiana Park, Warwick
The raptors were observed from the picnic area. An immature Red-winged Parrot flew into a small tree at the edge of a suburban garden.
Roger Jaensch, Tom Jaensch 3/4 #227079
Fri 1Musk Lorikeet
Kenmore, Qld
seen with other lorikeets in suburban garden
Mike West 4/4 #227090
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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