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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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 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 2016
Tue 19Dusky Woodswallows
Kobble Creek Road
Julie Sarna estimated around 200 Dusky Woodswallows took up to the sky yesterday when she was at Kobble Creek/Dales Road. I went back this morning and totally agree. They are all still using the paddock at Dales Road junction but have expanded all along Kobble Creek Road up to the rural fire brigade building too. It's hard to appreciate just how many are there until they all rise up but they are constantly sweeping the paddocks and feeding from the ground too and sitting along the fenceposts. Between times when they go quiet they can be found scattered in groups of around 20 all along the Kobble Creek line in the casuarinas mainly. Very impressive flock numbers.
Marie Tarrant 19/7 #228066
Mon 18highlightMasked Booby
Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island)
Heading south at 09:30. eBird checklist
Steve Murray 19/7 #228075
Comb Crested jacana
Boyd park Tugun
Surprising sight to see A comb crested jacana in a built up area near air port
Andrew Maltman and Amy hunt 19/7 #228064
Sat 16Glossy Black-cockatoo
church road, bellbowrie
Three birds feeding in bushland at end of Church Road, then flew towards Anstead Bushland
Julie Cox via Justin Watson 17/7 #228052
Wed 13Turquoise Parrot
Gold Creek Reservoir
A neophema-shaped parrot flew across the reservoir somewhere from the north-west end, ending up on the eastern side. Was first alerted to its presence by unmistakeable buzzing 'tzeit-tzeit' sounds in flight and once I got my binoculars onto it in flight, could clearly make out a small plain green parrot with flashes of blue on the tops of both wings. Turns out a female turquoise was sighted here in May this year, I assume it's the same bird, and possibly an aviary escapee? eBird checklist
Jordan Webber 15/7 #228034
White-backed Swallow
Lake Clarendon
Two birds circling overhead near bird walk gate entrance during one of the BirdLife Australia Campout excursions
Chris and Andrew Galbraith reported by Judith Hoyle 15/7 #228028
Tue 12White-breasted Woodswallow
Lady Elliot Island
Single bird flew over resort at about 2:10 pm, no photos unfortunately. Dark head and upper body with a large white rump, all white underwings and belly. eBird checklist
Mona and Meika Loofs-Samorzewski 17/7 #228058
Grount Cuckoo-shrike
Haslingden Road and Boyce's Road Lockyer Waters
One pair observed on Boyce's Road on 12 July. ?? Same pair observed following day on Haslingden Road. Seen by all members of BirdLife Australia's National Campout group
Judith Hoyle 15/7 #228032
Yellow Thornbill
Lake Galletly (University of Queensland - Gatton campus)
3 birds observed in low trees to left of hide closest to piggery. Viewed by all members of one of BirdLife Australia's National Campout excursions
Margaret Cameron, reported by Judith Hoyle 15/7 #228030
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Adare Road
One bird seen along creek track during one of the BirdLife Australia National Campout excursions. Whole group on 13 July had excellent views of Black-chinned and Brown-headed Honeyeaters
John Beeston and Sue Burgess reported by Judith Hoyle 15/7 #228029
Mon 11Paradise Riflebird
Ravenbsbourne National Park
All members of BirdLife Australia's National Campout group got excellent views of male approx. 1/3rd in along track leading off Beutel's Lookout
Gavn O'Meara 15/7 #228033
Beach Stone-curlew
Wellington Point
Taking photographs of Double-banded Plovers on this mornings low tide when this beauty walked right past near King Island allowing several full frame shots.
Ken Doy 11/7 #227988
Sun 10Barn Owl
Samsonvale Cemetery
A Barn Owl roosting in a tree quite near the cemetery today.
Marie Tarrant 10/7 #227975
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
Seen in the company of two Little friarbirds. Very distinctive bird. They were constantly moving so difficult to get a decent photo. Location map attached. eBird checklist
Rick Franks and Felicia Chan 10/7 #227971
Red-browed Treecreeper
Lawton's Road, Mt Glorious
2 birds seen approx. 150 yards down track from gate at Lawton's Road. Heard calling then flew across road and foraged on tree trunk on side of track in full sunshine.
Judith Hoyle, Gavin O'Meara and 9 particpants in QOC Mt G walk 10/7 #227970
Sat 9Turquoise Parrot (18), Hooded Robin (2), Speckled Warbler (3)
Sundown National Park--Broadwater Section
A nice day out at Sundown, with cracking views of a feeding party of Turq's the highlight. Also saw a nice suite of 'woodland' birds. Full list attached. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach & Stuart Pickering 11/7 #227983
White-Bellied Cuckoo-Shrike
Lake Samsonvale
One seen feeding around the waters edge of the park area North of Gold Scrub Lane. It came into the inlet (near the big old dead stump), quite close and posed nicely before heading over to the other side where it joined another one Hawking insects in the long grass.
Devon Bull & John Gunning 9/7 #227965
Fri 8White-throated Nightjar
South eastern end of Tingalpa Reserve
Walking through the woodland adjacent to the south eastern end of Tingalpa Reserve about 4:30 this afternoon and a White-throated Nightjar flushed from 3 meters in from of me.
Garry Deering 8/7 #227961
Wed 6Broad-billed Flycatcher, Mangrove Robin
Sandfly Creek, Mackay
Both species rare this far south eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 6/7 #227945
Square-tailed Kite
Leslie Harrison Conservation Area, Capalaba. Qld
It was lovely standing at the edge of Tingalpa Reservoir (access from Leslie Harrison Conservation Area) this morning watching the Comb-crested Jacanas on the lilies and listening to the tinkles of Scarlet Honeyeaters in the trees, when slowly gliding overhead came a Square-tailed Kite.
Garry Deering 6/7 #227941
Tue 5Spiney Cheeked Honeyeater
Findlands Road Bli Bli
A single bird seen at Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast Further information
Graeme Toft 6/7 #227942
Mon 4Eungella Honeyeater
Diggings Road, Eungella
1 handy to Broken River eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 6/7 #227946
Ruddy Turnstone
Wellington Point
Single bird seen feeding with Double-banded Plovers on the afternoon low tide here at Wellington Point . Usually arrive and leave here late Feb into March and the first that I have seen this late into the year.
Ken Doy 5/7 #227939
Spiny-cheeked honeyeater
442 Bunburra road, Bunburra. (Boonah area)
A single bird in our houseyard at birdbath. Had a record in this area in july 1974, then none until 2007. since then they have been sighted during the winters of 2007, 2009, 2010-11 & 2014 for the most part between May and Sept. Usually several birds are present in the area.
Errol Stenzel 5/7 #227936
Sun 3Eungella Honeyeater, Wompoo Fruit-dove
Eungella National Park--Chelmans Road
Sorry for this late report: I was without Internet access for a while. On Sunday 26 June, after trying various spots unsuccessfully, I found at least 10 Eungella Honeyeaters in the NP at the end of Chelmans Rd. I had great views of one bird and short glimpses of two others, plus other birds were calling from many spots along the first 400-500m of the walking track. Next day I went back first thing and couldn't find any of them, despite a couple of hours of searching, and going at least a km into the NP. Both days, there were lots of Wompoo Fruit-doves present, easily 20 or more of them.
Alan Stuart 3/7 #227927
Sat 2Hoary-headed Grebe
Lake Samsonvale
Single bird feeding in front of Samsonvale Cemetery at lunchtime.
Ged Tranter 2/7 #227910
Fri 1Satin Bowerbird
Tallebudgera Qld.
Flock of satin bowerbirds,incl. one mature male,feeding on Schefflera arboricola (introduced) plants).
Greg Parker 11/7 #227984
Cotton Pygmy-Goose (1)
Parker Street Swamp (Warwick)
A male cotton pygmy-goose was sighted on the southern side of the large wetland.
Mike Wood 1/7 #227900
Square-tailed Kite
A kite seen on its nest for the first time this year. Didn't get to stay and watch, but imagine it's just refurbishing at this stage. Last year the bird attended this nest over about a month in September but didn't breed, after fledging one young in 2014. Has anyone checked the birds on Mt Coot-tha yet this year?
Nick Leseberg 1/7 #227899
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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