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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 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 2017
Sat 9Shining Flycatcher
1 male in mangroves eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 10/12 #233010
Fri 8Bush Stone-Curlew
442 Bunburra road, Bunburra.
One bird on lawn for the day, left that night. Unusual as only the second record in this area since the mid 1960's. They were fairly common in this area until the arrival of foxes around 1915. Further information
Errol stenzel 10/12 #233018
Pacific Swfit
Point Vernon
Flock of 70 with small number of White-throated Needletail eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 10/12 #233009
Musk Duck
Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)
Long staying female still present
David. Redhead 8/12 #233002
Mon 4Lewin's Rail
Kilcoy Lane, Conondale
Haven't seen or heard Lewin's Rail here before.
Ian Starling 5/12 #232972
Sat 2Sooty owl
Eungella National Park--Diggings Rd
Further information
Andrew O'Brien 4/12 #232969

November 2017
Sun 26Common sandpiper
Amity Point Camping Ground and sandflat
Hanging around the rocky edge and groins in the campground
Jeremy 26/11 #232903
Sat 25megamegaCook's Petrel
Sunshine Coast Pelagic off Mooloolaba
1 Cook's Petrel seen nicely - 2nd Qld sighting. Also Tahiti Petrel, Sooty Tern, Pomarine Jaeger, large numbers of Wilson's Storm-Petrel eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts & all aboard Sunshine Coast pelagic 27/11 #232916
Mon 20White-winged Fairy Wren
Warmga Park (restricted access), Bell. Q.
First ever sighting of this species on this property 1 male and 2 females
Bernice Seton 22/11 #232856
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Forest Hill
. Female
David Redhead 22/11 #232853
Crested Shrike Tit
Hilliards Creek Ormiston, south east side behind Ormiston College.
One only, was with a Leaden Flycatcher pair. (Moderator's note: Photo seen on ABID facebook page).
Katrina Cox 20/11 #232832
Sat 18megamegaStejneger's Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
A great spring trip today. Highlights: A single Stejneger's Petrel was the first bird we saw when we stopped in 120 fathoms. Seven other petrel species seen - Tahiti (many), Cape (1), Mottled (1), Gould's (2-4), Kermadec (10+), Grey-faced (c20) Providence (2-3). Also Long-tailed (3), Pom and Arctic Jaeger, Sooty Tern and Masked Booby. Paul Walbridge will put out the formal report
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge 18/11 #232817
highlightProbable Green Pygmy-geese
Atkinson's Dam
Probable pair of Green PG at drain (-27.414173, 152.427990) Definitely Pygmy-geese but Swedish birder Mikhail had good view of heads and categorically ruled out Cotton. My views were not so good but can confirm that they were PG from wing-pattern.
Tom Tarrant 18/11 #232810
Fri 17Freckled Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe, Black-tailed Godwit
Lake Clarendon
2 Freckled Ducks, also Pink-eared & Shoveler plus all 3 grebes. Single godwit eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 18/11 #232807
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Forest Hill
eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 18/11 #232805
Australian Painted Snipe
Noosa resource recovery centre
Drive in, turn right to op shop car park, walk through car park then turn right along dirt track parallel to drain. Bird was on far side of drain adjacent to boom gate. Please beware of heavy vehicles driving in area.
Carl Billingham 18/11 #232802
Thu 16Australian Little Bittern
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
The Australian Little Bittern (Black-backed Bittern) has returned and was very vocal this morning. Possibility of two as one flew from cover on other side of pond just after I heard the call. First spotted by Chris Watts yesterday in middle pond who got a good photo of it sitting in open. Also saw first Spotless Crake in several weeks since the high water levels eBird checklist
Paul Jensen, Mary Hynes, Chris Watts 16/11 #232779
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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