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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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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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March 2017
Sun 19White-winged Tern (2)
Rosenthal Wetland (Warwick)
Two birds in different plumage stages working the edge of large dam on the western edge of Warwick. Bad photograph shows white rump -very obvious in some other, worse photos- grey (darker) basal tail feathers and dark ear-muff.
Mike Wood 20/3 #230429
highlightShining Bronze-cuckoo (nominate); Speckled Warbler
White Rock Conservation Park
While looking for microbats, Nikolas and I encountered 3 large mixed species feeding flocks. Caught up in the first one we found was a single nominate SBCU (race lucidus). Much greener overall than a nearby Australian bird. This is the first nominate bird I've ever seen and is a potential future split! Also good to see (and hear) Speckled Warbler persisting at this site. eBird checklist
Elliot Leach; Nikolas Haass 20/3 #230428
Wed 15Black Kite
Cebus Stadium, Robina, Gold Coast.
3 Black Kite quartering the grassland area after the rain.
Terry Dillon 16/3 #230387
Pale-vented Bush-hen
Meiers Road, Long Pocket (Brisbane River), Indooroopilly
Adult bush-hen with at least one small chick, observed in band of dense low vegetation comprising tussock grass overlain with Glycine creeper, without tree cover, with small mangroves and tall trees on adjacent river edge, on a low terrace above the high tide mark of Brisbane River.
Tom Jaensch & Roger Jaensch 15/3 #230378
Sun 12Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Lake Clarendon
Two in the large trees across from schoolyard
Tom Tarrant 13/3 #230360
Sat 11Squatter Pigeon, Pectoral Sandpiper, Brolga, Australian Ringneck
Lake Mary Rd
We conducted a survey along Lake Mary Rd (Hedlow Creek,Lake Mary). Large number of water birds and waders. Among them were: Brolga (4), a single Pectoral Sandpiper with a flock Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 5 Marsh Sandpiper. Along the lake shore we counted 8 Latham's Snipes. At the Box forest at the southern end of the forest 4 Squatter Pigeons sunbathing on the road. Nearby Australian (Mallee) Ringneck (cage escapee?). This is our second record from Gladstone - Rockhampton area. eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 12/3 #230342
Red kneed Dotterel
marsh adjacent to Freeman Rd, Toorbul
single bird feeding in flooded saltwater marsh.
Steve Popple 11/3 #230323
Fri 10Plum-headed Finch
Atkinsons Dam (Lockyer Valley)
10 plus plum-headed finches near the water's edge as reported last Sunday by Ged Tranter. eBird checklist
Ken Jones 10/3 #230315
Wed 8Satin Flycatcher
Kumbartcho Sanctuary
A noticeably large number of birds on the move were recorded on March's bird survey at the site; including juvenile Black-faced and Spectacled Monarchs, Golden Whistlers and Rufous Fantails. Amongst the mix this male Satin Flycatcher (and possible a female) probably making it's way north. eBird checklist
Marie Tarrant 8/3 #230303
Sun 5Pectoral Sandpiper
Atkinsons Dam (Lockyer Valley)
Single Pec mixed in with 250 sharpies. Lots of birds on the water - 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Avocets, 60 Glossy Ibis, Red-kneed Dotterels, hundreds of ducks including Pink-eareds + Shovelers. Similar story at Lake Clarendon too; 25+ Hoary-headed Grebes, 80 sharpies, 10 marshies. eBird checklist
Ged Tranter 5/3 #230278
Sat 4Red-footed Booby, White Tern, Streaked Shearwater, Lesser Frigatebird
Sunshine Coast Pelagic
2 intermediate Red-footed Booby, 1 White Tern, 1 Streaked Shearwater, 13 (unusually high number) Lesser Frigatebird, 26 (unusually high number) Pomarine Jaeger, Tahiti Petrel, 6 (unusually high number) Brown Booby eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts & all aboard the Sunshine Coast pelagic 5/3 #230269
Glossy Ibis
Samsonvale Cemetery
At least 34 present Saturday afternoon in front of cemetery. eBird checklist
Tom Tarrant 4/3 #230265
Fri 3Black Bittern, Black-breasted Buzzard
Curtis Island--Pelican Banks
A single Black-breasted Buzzard was flying over forest south of Graham Creek. We flushed two Black Bittern from the trees near Graham Creek boat ramp. Fantastic waders, many of them in their bright breeding plumage among them Beach Stone-Curlew, Terel Sandpipers, Grey plovers, Curlew Sandpipers and one Red Knot (in breeding plumage) eBird checklist
Ted and Alex Wnorowski 5/3 #230268
Thu 2Common Sandpiper, Wandering Tattler
Point Vernon, Hervey Bay
1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Wandering Tattler, exception numbers of Greater Sand Plover (200+) eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 3/3 #230256
Grey Plover
30 birds eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 3/3 #230254
Asian Dowitcher
2 birds in same spot as in January eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 3/3 #230253
Wed 1Radjah Shelduck
Anembo Lakes, Hervey Bzy
1 bird eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 3/3 #230255
Black wing stilt
Coombahbah water treatment works, gold coast
About fifty plus Black Wing Stilts on the edge of the first pond out from the viewing platform on Shelter Road eBird checklist
Greg smith 1/3 #230240

February 2017
Mon 27highlightSulphur-crested Cockatoo x Little Corella hybrid
University of Queensland--UQ Lakes
In amongst the regular flock of Little Corellas (incl several Little x Long-billed hybrids) was a single Sulphur-crested x Little Corella hybrid, clearly showing the yellow crest of the former (much reduced in colour and size) and the blue eye-ring & body size of the latter. In my ten years of observing this flock, this is the first time I have seen an individual this hybrid combination. There are many young birds around and I speculate that this is one of this summer's youngsters. I have not, however, noted any probable parents around. eBird checklist
Russell Yong 27/2 #230228
Sun 26Ruff
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve
A Ruff seen amongst Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the Tinchi Tamba high tide roost. First seen and listed by Rob Clemens and Ross Smith yesterday. This area where the bird is is in the north of the reserve and requires gumboots to get out there. eBird checklist
Rick Franks and Ged Tranter 26/2 #230216
Wed 22Lathams Snipe
Parklakes Wetlands (Bli Bli)
FOUND - beside main lagoon.Birdwatchers Lumix Camera,containing numerous shots of Baillons Crake.- dated 20/2/17. Handed in to Bli Bli Post Office
Ross Sinclair 22/2 #230177
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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