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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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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July 2015
Thu 30Glossy Black Cockatoo, New Holland Honeyeater, White-eared Monarch, White-throated Nightjar
Amamoor State Forest--Amama
Pair of Glossy Blacks. Large numbers of New Holland Honeyeaters at northern limit of range. White-throated NIghtjars & White-eared Monarchs vocalising; unusual at this time of year. eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 31/7 #224052
Little lorikeets
Darien street playing fields Bridgeman downs
Sighted 2 pairs feeding in eucalypts on eastern side of driveway. On private property (the house with goal posts in back yard) that fronts Beckett road Bridgeman Downs.
Paul Nugent 31/7 #224049
Wed 29Dusky Woodswallows
Kobble Creek
50+ Dusky Woodswallows today perched and hawking the cow paddock behind the Rural Fire Brigade building just off Mt Samsonvale Road (nr Lake Samsonvale). Not a common sight so near Brisbane.
Marie Tarrant 29/7 #224025
Tue 28Australian King Parrot
East Brisbane
At 8:40am an Australian King Parrot flew past our house in East Brisbane. While this species is common in appropriate habitat near Brisbane, I am not sure where this bird came from. Possibly an escapee?
Nikolas Haass 28/7 #224003
Mon 27highlightPacific Gull
Southport Spit
An immature Pacific Gull was first sighted on 26/7. I went to have a look 27/7 and located the bird at the end of the Marine Stadium peninsula.
Todd Burrows 28/7 #224011
highlightPacific Gull
Southport Spit
An immature Pacific Gull has been present for at least the last couple of days on a sand spit that sticks out off the end of the peninsula called Bums Bay on the Southport Spit. The initial sighting was by non-birders on the 26/7 who passed some mobile phone images on to Judy Leitch who asked me to go and have a look. The bird was still present in the same location today and also spent time flying around Bums Bay and resting with Silver Gull (when not being chased by dogs) just north of the boat ramp off Muriel Henchman Drive. Those wanting to have a look should be aware that they are still packing down the set from the Pirates of the Caribbean but you can walk along the shoreline outside the perimeter fence.
Todd Burrows 27/7 #223999
Red Necked Avocet
Coombabah Nature Reserve
10 Red Necked Avocets mixed in with Pied Stilts large flock on the mud flats at low tide this morning at the hide. Also 2 Shining Bronze Wing Cuckoos sited along with Mangrove Gerygones and Scarlet Myzomelas. A Brown Falcon flew past at the beginning of the mangrove walk chasing an Grey Shrike Thrush. 2 Rufous Whistlers sited also at the beginning of the mangrove walk.
Angela Powell 27/7 #223992
Sat 25Eastern Ground Parrot
Cooloola Way--Thomas&Thomas site
Six plus Eastern Ground Parrots singing from sunset until about 30 min after sunset.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson 28/7 #224004
highlightBrown Skua
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 juvenile bird - in a plumage we'd not seen before. Other key species included Kermadec Petrel (5+), Providence Petrel (30+), Northern Giant Petrel 1, Fairy Prion (2), Black-bellied Storm-Petrel (1), Wilson's Storm-Petrel (c10), Common Noddy.
Rob Morris on the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 27/7 #223996
Fri 24Red-backed Kingfisher
Running Creek Rd via Rathdowney
Good views at site previously reported by Elliot L . on 9 June 2015.
Leanne and Kevin Ross 26/7 #223985
Double-banded Plover
Wellington Point
Several birds seen on the grass beds at the morning low tide
Ken Doy 24/7 #223978
Crested Shrike-Tit
Eprepah Environmental Centre, Victoria Point
Together with Rufous Whistler and Golden Whistler in the same tree.
George & Judith Chapman 24/7 #223974
Sun 19Black Kite
West Burleigh
At least 6 birds over M1 between Reedy Ck Rd and Bermuda St
Rob Morrow 19/7 #223940
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve
3 birds at lunchtime today, seemingly not too many July records for the Brisbane area. Good scope views from the path at the Toombul Rd roundabout, on the main lagoon - NW edge of the water. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 19/7 #223939
White-eared Monarch
Samford Parklands
In the trees/vines riverside. Along the grass lined track leading to the water pump. Observed it feeding and flying around for about 1 hour. Photos taken. eBird checklist
Julie Sarna 19/7 #223935
Wed 15Asian Gull billed Tern - race affinis
Toorbul High Tide Roost
Seen on the outgoing tide at about 1030. Much smaller and paler than nearby Gull billed Terns; slight smudge behind the eye; black bill shorter. Appears very similar to the affinis tern present at around the same time last year. Many thanks to those who looked at the photos and gave advice. Full list on eBird. eBird checklist
Sarah Beavis 17/7 #223924
Tue 14Pacific Baza
Tooway Creek, Moffat Beach, Caloundra
Single bird,Noon,1 Buccleugh Street ,trees outside Medical Centre
Ross Sinclair 14/7 #223899
Square-tailed Kite
Warrill View township
Cruising over Cunningham Hwy and along creek at treetop level
Andrew Stafford 14/7 #223898
Sun 12Alexandrine Parakeet
Woody Point
While driving home yesterday we were surprised to see an unidentified "parrot" among a flock of Galahs fly past our car. We stopped, birds disappeared and reappeared shortly after, alighting on power lines. Initially ID'd as Rose-ringed or Alexandrine. A quick dash home for a camera and return drew a blank. 30 minutes of searching finally located a mixed flock of Galahs, Rock and Spotted Doves and the Parakeet on a residential fence, feeding on seed placed by the resident. The Parakeet was joined by a second bird. A discussion with the resident today revealed that the birds had been visiting once or twice a week for over a year. No evidence of harassment by the Galahs or other birds. While exotics are probably not welcomed, I'd rather see them flying freely than living in cages
Paul Newman and Jean Newman 13/7 #223890
Sat 11highlightKermadec Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Sooty Tern, Common Noddy
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
2 Kermadecs off shelf, 2 Common Noddy, 2 Sooty Tern, 1 Tahiti Petrel, c 250 Providence Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Fairy Prion. With Nikolas Haass, Rob Morris, Paul Walbridge and all aboard the pelagic off Mooloolaba
Greg Roberts 12/7 #223871
megamegaWhite-chinned Petrel
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
1 bird in 580m off shelf. With Nikolas Haass, Rob Morris, Paul Walbridge and all aboard the pelagic off Mooloolaba Further information
Greg Roberts 12/7 #223870
megamegaSoft-plumaged Petrel
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
1 bird off shelf in 550m. With Nikolas Haass, Rob Morris, Paul Walbridge and all aboard the pelagic off Mooloolaba Further information
Greg Roberts 12/7 #223869
Gold Creek Reservoir
White-eared Monarch in trees back along road between car park and river crossing. Further information
Robert Shore 11/7 #223862
Moggill Conservation Park
Spectacled Monarch between Mill Road gate and creek. Also seen pair Pacific Baza, Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets, Varied Triller (and deer) Further information
Robert Shore 10/7 #223861
Shining Flycatcher
Coombabah Lake-Mangrove Boardwalk, Queensland
Male flew around and under the boardwalk. Upper mandible broken. This photo in particular, shows the damage to the mandible. eBird checklist
Judy Leitch 10/7 #223857
Red-winged Parrot
Riverdale Park
While conducting a bird survey as part of Logan City Council's revegetation project along Slacks Creek this morning I heard the flight call of a Red-winged Parrot. I then saw a male bird fly overhead in an easterly direction. Interesting bird for the site list!
Elliot Leach 10/7 #223852
Wed 8Spotted Harrier
Barra Fishing Park, Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast
Spotted Harrier low over the tops of the vegetation - over grassland next to the fishing park close to the main road
Robyn Duff 8/7 #223841
Tue 7Alexandrine Parakeet (escapee)
Translational Research Institute, Dutton Park Train Station, Woolloongabba
Update: 10:38 this morning the same Alexandrine Parakeet flew past my office.
Nikolas Haass 7/7 #223831
Painted Honeyeater
Thargomindah Caravan Park
3 pr of Painted Honeyeaters in the same tree this morning. This is the 4th time we have been in this Park over the last 4 weeks and these birds have been here each time. Today, the pairs were staying close together.
Brian & Meg Johnson 7/7 #223825
Mon 6Alexandrine Parakeet (escapee)
Translational Research Institute, Dutton Park Train Station, Woolloongabba
At 9:30 and again at 9:34 this morning an Alexandrine Parrot flew past my office. ID based on jizz, size, colour and call. Even though it's an escapee it is worth noting as this is a very invasive species (as it's smaller relative the Rose-ringed Parakeet).
Nikolas Haass 6/7 #223819
Sun 5Marsh Sandpiper
Bishops Marsh
7 Marsh Sandpipers feeding in shallow water of the lagoon. eBird checklist
Dezmond Roy Wells 5/7 #223818
Pacific Golden Plover
Toorbul High Tide Roost
10 individuals on sandbar. Varying breeding plumage, most with golden plumage and black bellies. eBird checklist
Dezmond Roy Wells 5/7 #223816
Sat 4New Holland Honeyeater
Greenslopes Firetrail
Feeding in flowering eucalyptus and also diving into native sorghum. 17 individuals could have been more. Unusual in the large numbers. Apparent possible migration from coast to mountains. eBird checklist
Dezmond Roy Wells 4/7 #223803
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Greenslopes Firetrail
Heard birds feeding on orts, went to look. 2 in one group, 2 in another and the final group had three. eBird checklist
Dezmond Roy Wells 4/7 #223802
Fri 3Red-rumped Parrot
Baker Street, Toowoomba
A pair foraging on lawn.
Lindsay Boyd 4/7 #223795
Australian little bittern
North Lakes Environmental Park
Seen briefly in the usual place from the viewing platform.
Robyn Duff 3/7 #223793
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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