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Report Form to be completed and submitted for relevant sightings: Reports that do not meet the reporting criteria will not be published and we encourage all individuals to submit lists to ensure their sightings are included.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

January 2019
Mon 14Rufous Songlark
Mear's Lane, Booroobin
Brought to my attention by Tony Baker. Three birds. Two calling. Have been in this area for several weeks apparently. eBird checklist
Ian Starling 14/1 #236588
Sat 12highlightBlack-winged Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 bird seen well for a prolonged period, but it never came too close
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge. 12/1 #236578
megamegaBulwer's Petrel
Offshore--Southport pelagic
1 bird seen for a prolonged period today well off shore in c260fths. First found by Gus Daly.
Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge. 12/1 #236577
Tue 1Horsfields Bushlark
Monsildale road, via kilcoy
One bird only.
Bernie and Linda Mcivor 2/1 #236488
Black-necked stork, yellow-billed spoonbill
Eagleby--Eagleby Rd, southern lake near retirement village
Around Christmas-New Year most years there are storks nesting here. eBird checklist
David Lie 1/1 #236485
Kelp Gull
Wynnum Creek Boat Ramp
I assume this is the same bird many people listed last month. Instead of sitting with the gulls on the wall beside the ramp, this time was plonked 3m from the shore on the mud for a while. eBird checklist
David Lie 1/1 #236480

December 2018
Mon 31Kelp Gull
Wynnum North Esplanade
Heather Kay 3/1 #236493
Sun 30highlightStubble Quail, King Quail, Lewin's Rail, Brown Songlark
Bli Bli
at least 8 Stubble Quail, very rare on Sunshine Coast (record shot here) & half a dozen King quail eBird checklist
Greg Roberts 30/12 #236464
Wed 26Common Sandpiper, Brolga, Great Crested Grebe
Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd Wetlands, Gladstone
After heavy rains all ponds are full of water and birds returned again. Main feature were a large flock of Red-necked Avocets (87) and a family of Brolgas (a pair with 1 juv.). In the deeper pond behind the fence was a single juv Great Crested Grebe. On the man-made structure in this pond was roosting Common Sandpiper. Other interesting birds included Marsh Sandpiper (3), Common Greenshank (5), Glossy Ibis (5) and a pair of Brown Falcons with a chick in the nest. There was also a flock (9) of Plum-headed Finches feeding in the tall grass.
Ted Wnorowski 27/12 #236438
Sun 23Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Asian Dowitcher
Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost
Birds still present up to midday. AD on the island favoured by Pelicans near the gate, with godwits. BBS often alone foraging in samphire on the big island in front of the second hide as reported before.
Rob Elvish 24/12 #236419
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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