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. Register for weekly email notifications.

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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

May 2015
Sun 24European Greenfinch
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
The greenfinch was seen again this morning (~7:30), presenting well on the reeded path between the first and second ponds. Was slightly surprised to see it still there after a week of no reports. The bird foraged on the low grass midway along the path before flying down the path ahead of us, then circled back behind us as we got to the crossroads to keep foraging. eBird checklist
Russell Yong & D. Huston 24/5 #223334
Wed 20black-necked stork
Lagoon, 651-665 Ipswich - Rosewood Rd, Jeebropilly
Single bird. Same lagoon as last month. Seems to be a regular visitor. -27.648935, 152.641973 Different site from last week's pair of birds. Perhaps a different bird?
Peter Copping 20/5 #223292
Sun 17highlightEuropean Greenfinch
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
A single Greenfinch was seen well this morning, after being seen by a party of other birders yesterday afternoon. The provenance of this bird is uncertain - I saw no bands, and it seemed quite at home when feeding in the vegetation. I'm interested in any comments from the moderators. Location and one more photo in eBird list. (Moderators Note: The closest records to Brisbane for wild birds in ebird are from the Central West of NSW and the southern suburbs of Sydney whilst the closest record for wild birds in Birdata are from the Newcastle area.) eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 17/5 #223269
Sat 16highlightBudgerigar
Haigslea Cemetery Rd at Raysource Rd
Shy, wild bird seen among grass in open woodland on western side of Kamp Road. eBird checklist
Christian Perrin 17/5 #223271
Blue-billed Duck
Boomerang Lagoon, Kooralbyn
Single male Blue-billed Duck present on the section of the lagoon closest to Boomerang Drive. Other birds of interest included 4 Australasian Shoveler and a single Swamp Harrier.
Todd Burrows 16/5 #223259
highlightEuropean Greenfinch
Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
One bird found and photographed by several people.
Andrew Thelander 16/5 #223258
Thu 14Peregrine Falcon
Upper Kedron
Large female seen patrolling the quarry. Further information
Christian Perrin 17/5 #223270
Wed 13Lesser Crested Tern
Woody Point,Redcliffe, S E Qld.
3 birds, on flat rock offshore from Ellen Street, with Crested Terns.
David Redhead 15/5 #223242
Mon 11Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Chatsworth Rest Area N of Gympie
Cotton Pygmy-Geese back again with 2 pairs on the water this autumn as well as a pair of Wandering Whistling Ducks
Anne Burgess 11/5 #223219
Sat 9Bluebonnet
Mosquito Creek Rd
Bluebonnet were very common in the first 5km of Mosquito Creek Rd, with many small flocks and pairs passing or circling through at ~4:30pm. Our estimate was close to 40 birds seen in half an hour; this area is a reliable site for this otherwise-scarce species, but rarely in such numbers.
Russell Yong, J. Ringma, M. Barnes 9/5 #223194
Plum-headed Finch
Lake Coolmunda
A large flock of Plum-headed Finch were present at the creek crossing a little way down the road from the fishing ramp. The birds were in the tall trees overhanging the creek at 3:30pm; we estimated 75-80, but with splinter flocks still arriving as we left, there could have been as many as 100. eBird checklist
Russell Yong, M. Barnes, J. Ringma 9/5 #223193
Pallid Cuckoo, Turquoise Parrot
Old Wallangarra Rd/Hickling lane junction
One Pallid Cuckoo in the open paddock on Hickling Lane, this species a very uncommon visitor to the SEQ region. Over 20 Turquoise Parrots were present, with most flying in circles over the paddock on Old Wallangarra Rd, across the street from the Hickling junction. The species is quite regular here but never before have we seen so many. eBird checklist
Russell Yong, M. Barnes, J. Ringma 9/5 #223192
Thu 7black-necked stork
737-809 Ipswich-Rosewood Rd, Rosewood
2 birds noted in temporary wetland at 17:15 btwn railway and road. Not there the following morning. -27.649278 152.624606 Photo taken facing north towards railway line from Playfarm driveway.
Peter Copping 11/5 #223214
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Surfer's Paradise Golf Club
one bird seen being chased by two Torresian Crows Further information
Judy Beste 8/5 #223178
Wed 6Cotton Pygmy Goose
Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Pair of Cotton Pygmy Geese seen from Southerden Rd platform.
Anne Burgess 8/5 #223180
Tue 5Rose Robin
Upper Brookfield.
Further information
Chris Read 7/5 #223175
Sun 3Square-tailed Kite
Wittonga Park, The Gap, Brisbane.
Single bird ,around midday, mobbed by S.C.Cockatoos
David Redhead 3/5 #223135
Sat 2Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road
4 birds by roadside approx 15 km South of Hervey Bay
David Redhead 3/5 #223134
Black Kite
Bruce Highway, Narangba
2 birds over landfill site,West of road.
David Redhead 3/5 #223133
Fri 1Wedge-tailed Eagle
Pair Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring over Bardon shopping strip. This area is only 3 kilometres from Brisbane CBD. Previous reports in 2014 have been of a single bird.
Garry and Lyn Robinson 24/5 #223329
Red-backed Kingfisher
Running Ck Rd
Saw an odd looking bird perched on a powerline in the pouring rain while driving back from Border Ranges NP. Stopped to have a look and was delighted to find a Red-backed Kingfisher! It was flushed shortly after photos were obtained by a sparrowhawk but relocated after a brief search across the creek. Thankfully the rain eased off over the next 20 minutes as we made our observations. A good end to an aborted field trip! eBird checklist
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie 1/5 #223124
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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