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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

May 2018
Sat 19highlightBlack-browed and Yellow-nosed Albatross, Fairy Prions
Offshore--Southport pelagic
Black-browed (1 imm) and Yellow-nosed (1 ad) Albatrosses, and c.3 Fairy Prions were the highlight of Saturday's trip. All 3 are very rare in Qld in May. 1 Kermadec Petrel, large nos of Providence Petrels, 1 White-faced Storm-Petrel as well as a variety of common species.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge. 21/5 #234447
highlightSwift Parrot
Durikai State Forest
7 birds at the main waterhole off the Cunningham Highway at 7.20am. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter and Stephen Murray 19/5 #234432
Fri 18Black-chinned Honeyeater, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Painted Buttonquail
Amamoor Creek Road
2 Black-chinned, pair + 20-odd Red-tailed, 4 Painted Buttonquail + fresh Black-breasted Bquail platelets Further info: eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 19/5 #234420
Thu 17Peregrine falcon
Near power station
Peter Jones 19/5 #234423
Wandering tattler
Froggys Beach, Point Danger QLD
This report is from 1/5/18. Probably due to my computer incompetence,I unsuccessfully tried to send this report in after seeing the tattlers on 1st of May. Two wandering tattlers in breeding plumage observed walking around on the rocks in front of the headland at low tide, at 3:00pm, 1/5/18, at Froggys Beach. Full barring observed with binoculars but nasal groove not seen until viewing the photos. Photo taken by Geoff Rankin.
Lindsay Rankin 17/5 #234408
Wed 16Musk lorikeets
Sarabah rd /lamington National Park rd Canungra valley
A good dozen muskies sticking to a well flowering ironbark.
Duncan Fowler 17/5 #234407
Tue 15Yellow Thornbill
Imbil State Forest at -26.615719, 152.6670885
I haven't seen these anywhere around the area before, so thinking they're out of their usual range. eBird checklist
Ian Starling 16/5 #234406
Sat 12Plum-head Finch (300+)
Leichhardt Hwy at -26.050742, 149.920019
Finches were seen flying up from the roadside. After a U-turn and upon closer inspection, it turned out to be a large flock of Plum-headed finches feeding on grass seeds and flying around. 3 separate flocks flew up, each of at least 100 individuals, making 300+ a very conservative estimate, we reckon ~500 birds may have been there. We could not hear any other species calling within the flock and didn't see any other species, but obviously not all birds were checked.
Vincent Mourik & Allan Richards 12/5 #234375
Fri 11highlightSwift Parrot
Durikai State Forest at 28 11 52S 151 37 09E
Two adults and a juvenile at the ‘pond’. One adult has an aluminium ring on its right leg. They sat quietly in the same location for about 30 minutes. Two more were seen flying but they could have been the same birds. eBird checklist
Barry Davies and Dennis Sewell. 11/5 #234369
Little Eagle, 2 glossy ibis, 15 yellow billed spoonbill, 50 pink eared duck
Seven Mile Lagoon
eBird checklist
Pete Jones 11/5 #234366
Tue 8Pink-eared Duck (230), Australasian Shoveler (80)
Winya Road South Kilcoy
Exceptional numbers of these two species for the Sunshine Coast hinterland eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 9/5 #234348
highlightMusk Lorikeet
Watson Road at Kobble Creek
Around 5 birds today feeding in the flowering eucalypts around the house beneath a grey and rainy sky. First bird was sighted and recorded here several days ago (5/5) and I've been hearing them constantly inbetween. First record for the site although a number of these uncommon Musk Lorikeet records for the Brisbane area are being reported of late.
Marie Tarrant 8/5 #234344
Sat 5Little Eagle
Brisbane Forest Park, Bergin Creek section
Light phase bird passed quite high overhead mid-morning, heading directly West - East eBird checklist
Ivor Jones 6/5 #234326
Fri 4Powerful Owl
Preston Park Michel Dr Currumbin waters
Heard from our lounge room so investigated with torch and seen in large eucalypt on creek bank. My first sighting of this species in the vicinity of our house. Brushtail possums live in the area.. eBird checklist
Beth Hall 4/5 #234309
Grey-crowned Babbler
Jirrima Cres., Cooroibah
Two birds seen on ground beside road. Not usually seen close to coast, but also seen in same location in Dec.2014 eBird checklist
Russ Lamb 4/5 #234305

April 2018
Mon 30Eastern Barn Owl
A female Eastern Barn Owl appeared briefly on a private property in town around 14:00, causing a stir among the local bird population, then left again.
Michael Eaton 1/5 #234281
Spotted Harrier
Cnr Middle Creek Road and Old Bruce Highway Federal
Seen on two separate days perched on light stauchions.
Garry and Lyn Robinson 30/4 #234272
Thu 26White-winged Fairy-wren
Devon Park Road Oakey
Eclipse Male birds with several females eBird checklist
kim cumes 26/4 #234240
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Devon Park Road Oakey
Two birds on fence, vocal at times with each other. eBird checklist
Kim Cumes 26/4 #234239
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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