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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

December 2018
Mon 17Beach Stone-curlew
Mermaid Beach , Gold Coast. At the end of Seashell Ave
One bird seen. The first sighting by me on this beach in the five years I have lived nearby.
Matt Davies 17/12 #236369
Sun 16highlightLong-toed Stint
GJ Fuller Oval Lagoons
Feeding with sharpies on the pool at the back of the school playing fields. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter and Michael Daley 17/12 #236366
Sat 15megamegaBuff-breasted Sandpiper
Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost
Buff-breasted sandpiper found by Tina Ellen Rider and Sean Nolan on Saturday and twitched by many people over the weekend. The bird is still present this morning (17th) according to a post from Tina on Facebook. The bird tends to prefer the samphire around the second hide (further from the gate). For those going to see it, please take the track along the fence to the second hide rather than the inside track to avoid flushing the birds.
Elliot Leach 17/12 #236365
Thu 13highlightLittle Curlew
Lady Elliot Island
2 birds observed together on the airstrip on day of arrival and then unable to relocate again despite searching before today (15/12) when a single Little Curlew was observed on the runway.
Marie Tarrant et al 15/12 #236353
Mon 10Brown-headed Honeyeater
Glendale, Central Queensland
At least one bird seen and heard 9th and 10th December. Sighting coincided with mass flowering of Moreton Bay ash in area. This is a northern distribution record. First bird/s recorded at this site.
Andrew McDougall 14/12 #236345
Wed 5Broad-billed and Terek Sandpipers, Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone.
Noosa River mouth
One Broad-billed and 2 Terek Sandpipers, 2 Ruddy Turnstone and 1 Sanderling seen along with a single Red Knot and Greater Sand Plover. eBird checklist
Ian Starling 6/12 #236287

November 2018
Wed 28Frigatebird sp.
Maroochy River including Goat Island, Maroochydore.
Incidental sighting - no binoculars or camera unfortunately so not possible to identify species. One bird gliding up the Maroochy River.
Robyn Duff 28/11 #236239
Sun 25highlightRegent Honeyeater
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Observed one RH off the boardwalk near boat ramp also 3 Mangrove Honeyeaters. (Moderators note: additional detail from observer “could not obtain photo, Bird was shy and did not respond to call. Possibly a juvenile with it. It was moving through mangroves and there were a couple of mangrove he’s very nearby. John & I have observed RHE’s in Vic & NSW ( Chiltern & Howes Valley)and photographed them.”)
John and Sue O’Malley 25/11 #236209
Tue 20Asian Dowitcher
At high tide roost in evening of 20th Nov. From the turning circle at end of Esplanade.
Matthew and Deborah Rodgers 21/11 #236185
Mon 19Common Sandpiper, Plum-headed Finch, Peregrine Falcon, Great Crested Grebe
Gladstone, Wastewater Treatment Plant (restricted access)
During our latest survey at Gladstone STP several interesting species were recorded including Common Sandpiper (1), Plum-headed Finch (56), Great Crested Grebe (8), Peregrine Falcon (1) and White-winged Triler (3 all males).
Ted Wnorowski, Tony Longson and, Margaret Worington 20/11 #236179
Sun 18White throated needletail, White-browed and masked woodswallow, Little lorikeet
Durikai State Forest
On regent honeyeater surveys I come across some really promising yellow box and mugga ironbark blossom in Durikai state forest east of Karara and around Cement Mills. Good numbers of both friarbirds and lorikeets, BIG flocks (1000s) of white-browed / masked woodswallows. 14 white-throated needletails passed over behind a storm front. Posting this in the hope of encouraging birders to visit the area and help us find some regents lurking there!
Ross Crates 19/11 #236174
Atkinsons Dam (Lockyer Valley)
Male in the bay to the right of the boat ramp. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 18/11 #236159
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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