Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 7 Jul 2014 13:40:22 +1000

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Published sightings for the week ending 6 Jul 2014.

Sun 6 Jul Albert's Lyrebird Tamborine Mountain National Park (Witches Falls Section)
Lots of Lyrebirds calling but not so easy to see.
Ross Monks & James Lagden

Red-necked Avocet, Asian Dowitcher Toorbul Artificial Roost
Two Red-necked Avocet flew-in as we were leaving, not often seen at Toorbul. Dowitcher remains.
Russ Lamb, Maria Dam

Cotton Pygmy Goose Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate
8 Pygmy Geese on the water this morning, a group of 5 plus a further 3, the most I've seen here. Also 2 Mangrove Gerygones still present at the southern end - heard calling this time to confirm ID.
Ged Tranter

Speckled Warbler J C Trotter Park, Burbank
At the western end of the power pylon line, by the water. Uncommon in this area. Also "raft" of 88 Coots on the water (swimming in very tight formation).
George Chapman

Sat 5 Jul Grey Goshawk Bli Bli-Yandina rd
single male bird seen observing road side of large paddock
James Lee Fong

Fri 4 Jul Painted Honeyeater Cuttaburra Crossing, Eyre Developmental Road
One bird sighted from the southern bird hide.
S and S King

White-eared Monarch Samsonvale cemetery and surrounds
First sighted by Ross Smith st midday. Great views of two active birds along the Men of the Trees track that goes to the big fig tree.
Julie Sarna

Little Eagle Tingalpa Creek Reserve, Chandler
One pale morph bird circling above creek.
Christian Perrin

Thu 3 Jul Asian Dowitcher Toorbul Artificial Roost
Still present 1400 at the high tide roost. Full list on Eremaea eBird.
Sarah Beavis

Powerful Owl Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park, Caboolture
One sitting high up on branch of a tree in full view at about 0830. Directions from Phelps Road entrance: walk the Grey Gum Circuit in a clockwise direction as far as the first intersection of the Ironbark Ridge Trail on the right. Pass this turn off, over a dry gully approx. 100m and bird was on the left. Nearest access is Tinney Road entrance: then turn right when at Grey Gum Circuit path and bird would be on the right of the path before gully. Full list on Eremaea eBird.
Sarah Beavis

Mon 30 Jun Albert's Lyrebird Tamborine Mountain National Park (Witches Falls Section)
I walked the track from around 6AM and saw two male Albert's Lyrebird displaying, with others heard in the distance. At least 4 individuals seen over the course of the morning. Also many Noisy Pittas and Australian Logrunners seen.
Jon Spicer-Bell

Topknot Pigeon Chevallum, Sunshine Coast
Small flock of 6 flying across road whilst driving
Russ Lamb

Sun 29 Jun Rose Robin Waterfall carpark, MT Mee
Female in the middle canopy
Robert Bush

Asian Gull-billed Tern, Asian Dowitcher, Red Knot Toorbul Artificial Roost
Still one Asian Gull-billed Tern, one Asian Dowitcher, 2 Red Knot and 11 further shorebird species.
Nikolas Haass and Ralf Busch amongst many observers

Scarlet Robin Anstead Bushland Reserve
The Scarlet Robin was still present and performing well at the top of the grass slope up hill from the main car park this morning.
Colin Reid & Rob Dougherty

Regent Bowerbird Mount Glorious
Sighted at the Maiala Picnic area in fig tree adjacent to toilet block. Thanks to both Julie Sarna and Chris Sanderson who recommended the site. Was in the good company of friends Murray and Charlie Scott. This bird represents the 700th species I've seen within Australian territories in the calendar half-year - with a day to spare! Thanks also to Rob Morris for details of the roosting White-throated Nightjar reported on several occasions on Birdline - a handy #701 today also.
John Weigel

Sat 28 Jun Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo Mount Ossa, Mackay, QLD
I filmed the sounds that I heard in the rainforest. This is a major find. An extreme vagrant. Well out of its range. Winter feeding dispersal perhaps? Following Red Tailed Black Cockatoos? I cross referenced my video clip with every bird and it was a clear give away.
Shane Richter

Sooty Owl Mt Glorious
Heard, then observed along NP trail at 7PM.
John Weigel

Grey Goshawk Dayboro - Mt Mee Rd
A grey morph Grey Goshawk showing well in the valley next to the road-works on the road from Dayboro to Mt Mee.
Andrew Sutherland

White-throated Nightjar John Oxley Reserve, Murrumba Downs
Still present on the same perch. Also a pair of Tawny Frogmouths on the board walk.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge

Asian Dowitcher Toorbul Artificial Roost
1 bird at the roost this morning. Associating with Bar-tailed Godwits and Great Knots. Also 2 Red Knots in breeding plumage.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge

Asian Gull-billed Tern Toorbul Artificial Roost
The affinis Gull-billed Tern was still present today. Very small overall c.20% smaller than 'macrotarsa' present. Also smaller-billed, the bill is straighter, shorter legged, darker mantle etc. In the photo you can see a clear comparison with the local birds. The affinis is on the left of the picture.
Rob Morris and Paul Walbridge

Thu 26 Jun (Asian) Gull-billed Tern Toorbul Artificial Roost
Paul Walbridge called me last night to tell me he and Brian Russell had an affinis Gull-billed Tern (1st Summer) at Toorbul (see attached photo) This is an unusual winter record of a scarce species.
Paul Walbridge (via Rob Morris)

Tue 24 Jun Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Bedford Weir Rd via Blackwater
One found in trees beside the road when we stopped after hearing many different birds calling. Early morning - good views. Not expected here.
Brian & Meg Johnson

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