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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 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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April 2017
Sun 23Barred Cuckoo-shrike (6); White-eared Monarch; Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Moogerah Peaks National Park--Mt French (North Peak)
Great day climbing and listening to birds :) heaps of action in the dry rainforest at the bottom of the cliff, including the above birds, RCFD, Wompoo etc. The rainforest crew had a great supporting cast of Sclerophyll species closer to the cliff - Rose Robins, Whistlers, Spotted P. etc. Awesome. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 24/4 #230749
Sat 22rufous-throated honeyeater
Belmont Creek, Glendale, central Queensland
After some rain on Saturday there was an irruption of birds along the creek. Initially alerted to bird by call. First record I have of this species at this location.
Andrew McDougall 24/4 #230753
Fri 21Glossy Black Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Amamoor State Forest--Cedar Grove
All 3 east Australian black cockatoos together in same area... a very rare occurrence eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 22/4 #230733
Thu 20Noisy Pitta
Moorhen Flats
A young Pitta this morning was a patch monster and the 100th bird for the site. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach 21/4 #230730
Black-tailed Godwit
Lytton Mangrove Boardwalk and Wader Roost
One bird in full breeding plumage. It was very close to the shore in front of the bird hide at the wader roost in the area with all the dead mangroves. The barring across the underside was very distinctive . A beautiful bird, well worth seeing. There was also one Red-necked Avocet.
Barry Davies 21/4 #230726
Rose Robin
West Cooroy State Forest
Single adult male seen, first sighting this year eBird checklist
Russ Lamb & Mike Dye (NZ) 20/4 #230724
Brown Thornbill
Karara east
Group of Brown Thornbills around dam (near a road grid) in forest approx 4 k's in from the main road to Warwick on south side. Not sure if Brown Thornbills are commonly found this far west. Associating with Weebills, Buff-rumped Thornbills, and many Spotted Pardalotes. Scarlet HE's calling. 28.11.17 x 151.39.23
June Harris 20/4 #230722
Wed 19Black Falcon
Felton (south of Toowoomba)
2 Black Falcons harassing a large flock of Starlings. One falcon with a pale throat.
June Harris 19/4 #230712
Wed 12Superb Fruit-Dove
Ferntree Creek National Park
Single adult male observed in rainforest gully, silent, was seen to fly-in. Other good birds included Crested Shrike-tit and Varied Sitella in drier section of park. eBird checklist
Russ Lamb & Mike Dye (NZ) 13/4 #230643
Powerful Owl
Sheepstation Creek
A pair seen well along the northern section of Ironbark Ridge Trail - on the east side as you walk north - about 80 metres from the end of that trail - about 1:00pm.
Brian Johnson, Andrew & Min Lau 12/4 #230636
Tue 11highlightSlaty-backed Thornbill, Bourke's Parrot
32km west of Quilpie
3 Slaty-backed Thornbill: very rare species in Qld. unusually high number of Bourke's Parrot (30+) Further information
Greg Roberts, Bernie O'Keefe, Scott Baker 16/4 #230681
Grey Falcon
Bowra Station
! Grey Falcon sighted perched at approx 60 metres away and then flying/gliding in circles for 5 minutes until out of sight. Mid afternoon. Also seen earlier in the day a Black Breasted Buzzard.
June Harris,Mark Delaney, Karen Dunn,Tony Gifford 12/4 #230639
Sun 9highlightFlock Bronzewing
Diamantina National Park
Unusually large gathering of 3000 eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts, Bernie O'Keefe, Scott Baker 15/4 #230662
Square-tailed Kite
Moggill Creek Catchment
Circling slowly overhead from park adjacent to Tuckett St up to Crompton St before heading off over ridge toward Brookfield. I have seen them a few times at intersection of Brookfield Rd and Greentrees Ave in previous years.
Carl Billingham 9/4 #230610
Sat 8Freckled Duck
Gordonbrook Dam--Recreation Drive access
Single bird seen in company of Wandering Whistling Duck, easily observed from hide. Not found when revisited next day (9/4) eBird checklist
Russ Lamb & Maria Dam 9/4 #230611
Fri 7Powerful Owl
Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park
Two in tree off Ironbark Ridge Trail in same area where pair in 2014 raised 2 offspring.
Ken Hartley 8/4 #230601
2 Brolgas sighted near the cemetery.
June Harris 7/4 #230593
Plum headed Finch
6 Plum Heads sighted at the entry to camping area on the fence around the pumping station. 28 01 54 x 147 28 46
June Harris 7/4 #230592
Wed 5highlightGrey Falcon, Rusty Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-Wren
Lark Quarry Conservation Park
eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts, Bernie O'Keefe, Scott Baker 14/4 #230659
Tue 4Red-chested Button Quail.
Lake Moogerah.
29/01/2017 - I sighted this bird in a line of long grass about 20mtrs from the shoreline. I didn't get a clear photo because of the grass that disguised it very well. I have been back to the same spot several times and haven't seen it again.I was hoping to present a better photo by re-visiting the same spot, hence the delay in posting. I went back this morning, but with all the rain its favoured route is under water.
Shane Little 4/4 #230570
Mon 3Yellow Chat, Gull-billed Tern
Port Alma Saltworks
multiple parties of 2-3 Capricorn Yellow Chats active and vocal in vicinity of saltworks after recent rains, plus flock of 180+ Gull-billed Tern in resplendent breeding plumage.
Luke Bennett 3/4 #230545
Sat 1Spotless Crake, Blue-billed Duck, Freckled Duck
Charleville Sewage Treatment Works
1 Spotless Crake, rare in western Qld eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 13/4 #230642

March 2017
Fri 31Brolga
Newport Development site off Nathan Rd, Rothwell. Opp Nathan Rd Wetland Reserve, Rothwell.
After getting 103 mm of rain yesterday, I thought I check out the main Nathan Rd Wetlands area. Water has fill it in with just islands of grass sticking through. Got out of the car and notice how much water was in the Newport area. It was still draining into Nathan Wetlands. Noticed the 2 Brolgas grazing through the long grass on that side.
Paul turner 31/3 #230518
Thu 30highlightRed-footed Booby
Single bird approached the end of the pier, then continued out into the bay. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 30/3 #230513
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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