Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 3 Jun 2013 07:39:49 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 2 Jun 2013.

Sun 2 Jun Square-tailed Kite Clear Mountain
1 Square-tailed Kite patrolling the canopy.
Nikolas Haass, Raja Stephenson, Andrew Sutherland & family

Redpoll Inskip Point
A Redpoll observed flying high, calling. The bird subsequently landed giving good close views before being chased by Mangrove Honeyeaters. [Eds: possibly an escape or a bird disbursing from New Zealand?] Further details have been requested.
Tim Siggs

Sat 1 Jun Freckled Duck Daly's Lagoon, South Ripley
Three Freckled Ducks observed at Dalys Lagoon on day of monthly survey. Private property, permission to enter essential because of Sporting Shooter activities on site. Photograph by Margaret Cameron attached.
Meg Gordon & survey team.

Cicadabird Anstead Bushland Reserve
A late immature bird at the reserve. June records would appear to be rare in SE Queensland.
Rod Gardner

Freckled Ducks, Australian Shoveler, Pink-eared Ducks Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
3 Freckled Ducks at Dowse along with 4 Shoveler and 7 Pink-eared Ducks.
Rob Morris

Freckled Duck Griffin
Two Freckled Duck on wetland west of Greens Road, Griffin. Access off Dohles Rocks Road. Also fem Aus Shoveler, c.45 Pink-eared Duck, WN Heron, 2 BN Stork and 5 CC Jacana. An additional 20 Pink-eared Duck on scrape near Pine River at Dohles Rocks and 31 Red-necked Avocet on river.
Andy Jensen

Pacific Gull - update Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island
2 imms off Buckley's Hole area / north to the Jetty this am
Colin Reid (pers comm with Rob Morris)

Fri 31 May Pacific Gull Bribie Island Ocean Beach camping area.
I saw this bird feeding on a sea turtle carcass that had washed up.
Mark Guest

Possible immature Pacific gull Flying over the shoreline at Majimba Beach
Large brown gull flying low over the shoreline - not seen cloely enough to identify as Pacific or other large gull. It would be good for others to keep a look out.
Robyn Duff

Freckled Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Australian Shoveler Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
Paul Walbridge asked me to report that there are now 4 Freckled Ducks at Dowse along with 5 Shoveler and 7 Pink-eared Ducks.
Paul Walbridge (pers comm Rob Morris)

Pacific Gull Buckley's Hole Sandbar, Bribie Island
Immature Pacific Gull still around between the Bongaree Jetty and Bubckley's Hole Sandbar.
Dezmond Wells

Thu 30 May Pink-eared Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe, Glossy Ibis, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Red-necked Avocet Kedron Brook Wetlands
Overcast and raining Pink-eared Duck (33) Hoary-headed Grebe (7) in winter plumage Glossy Ibis (2) Yellow-billed Spoonbill (2) Red-necked Avocet (1)
Dezmond Wells

Wed 29 May Freckled Duck and Australasian Shoveler Kedron Brook Wetlands
Freckled Duck and Australasian Shoveler also seen amongst good numbers of water birds at Kedron Brook Wetlands Wednesday afternoon including those seen by Dezmond Wells on Thursday 30th.
Marie Tarrant

Plumed Whistling Duck Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
1 Plumed Whistling Duck on eastern side. Very poor photo included for verification.
Anne Burgess

Pacific Gull Bribie Island
2 immature birds,South of Museum,3.30 this afternoon.
David Redhead

Pacific Gull Bribie Island, Bongaree
1 Immature bird early this morning. Apparently there are 2 Pacific Gulls and a Kelp Gull around Bribie.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge.

Tue 28 May Black-breasted Button-quail Inskip Point
Melbourne Birders visited Inskip Point today. Read the Gympie Times report that BBBQ's were absent from Inskip so held out little hope. However happy to spot BBBQ twice. Four of us saw the birds(s). First sighting watched female working on platelet. Lots of new platelets. Don't know whether it was two birds seen or one twice. Second sighting bird crossed the path in SW corner 250 mts from roundabout left of path. Got a cryptic photo of bird squatting. Also great birding with Varied Triller, Red-backed Fairy Wren and lots more. Great spot.
Adrian and Liz Brooks

Pacific Gull & Kelp Gull Bribie Island, Bongaree - Brennan Park / Beach front
Just had a call from Paul Walbridge. He and Brian Russell went to check out Bribie and the found an immature Pacific Gull and a second/third year Kelp in the area around the Jetty. The Pacific Gull was just to the north although they saw the birds together.
Paul Walbridge & Brian Russell (pers. comm with Rob Morris)

Lewin's Rail FRAZER 1' Cell
Lewin's Rail (2) Saw black chick first, then adult who bathed for a while even though it was raining. Made no sounds in 50 minutes.
Ed Frazer

Budgerigar Tannum Sands
Whilst outside in back yard watching a peregrine falcon harassing birds amongst gum trees next door, a small flock of budgerigars flew over my house, again heading north to south between 12 and 15 birds flying in close formation. Time was 8:50 am. No time to get a photo. Camera was being charged and I would have had only 8 or 10 seconds to do so. Better luck next time if there is one.
Phillip Bosci

Mon 27 May Spotted Harrier, Freckled Duck (2) Lagoon opp Moggill Wetland
1:30 pm Spotted Harrier swooped low over lagoon twice, landed on the ground on the southern side then was chased off by Crows
Ian and Jill Brown

Budgerigar Tannum Sands
Five budgies flew over my back yard at 9:20 am this morning about 8 meters of the ground heading from the north towards the south. They did not land so was unable to take a photo. This is only the second time I have seen them here and so close to the coast. The last time was only last month and I submitted a post on this site.Great to see, hope to see more and finally get a photo.
Phillip Bosci

Squatter Pigeon Gatton-Esk rd near Mt. Hallen
Eds (Rob Morris) Note: This record is from the 8th August 2012. I have put today's date so the record will show up on Eremaea so local birders can check the area out. I have not heard of Squatters in this area before. Race scripta; one stood on roadside and crossed after I drove past to join a second; pair foraged in short grass just inside paddock. Very curious.
Tim Wunsch

Sun 26 May Plumed Whistling Duck Gympie
c50 birds on farm dam Brisbane Road and on lake at Matilda Service Centre south of Gympie. Probably same group moving between locations. In area for last 2-3 weeks.
Anne Burgess

Sat 25 May budgerigar Hedlow Creek/Lake Mary, about 30km north-east of Rockhampton
Two small flocks (8 and 18) in area, continuation of near coastal sightings along east coast.
Andrew McDougall

Sat 18 May White-faced and Black-bellied Storm Petrels Southport Pelagic
1 White-faced Storm-Petrel (a juv. with a very white rump), 3 Black-bellied Storm Petrels, Providence Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrels, Fluttering Shearwater. Quite a quiet day. One of the Black-bellied Storm-Petrel was incredibly pale and only after close examination of the photos was it separable from White-bellied.
Rob Morris - and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge.

Fri 17 May Blue Bonnet "Barfield" Station via Banana
A pair of Bluebonnets were seen on an early morning walk when disturbed from feeding about 8 metres away. Clearly seen for about 5 minutes. This would make them about 200-300 km outside and north-east of their reported range.
Brian & Meg Johnson

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