Birdline Central & Southern Queensland
Published sightings for the week ending 14 Sep 2014.
Sun 14 Sep Asian Dowitcher Toorbul--high tide roost
1 bird present today at the roost.
Logrunner, Noisy Pitta Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth
A small group of Logrunners on one side of track and a pair on the
other had the males engaged in a lively territorial contest calling
back and forth for some minutes - a lot of noise from such relatively
small birds. Also Noisy Pitta heard and seen.
Black-faced Monarch; Spectacled Monarch; Eastern Spinebill Mt Gravatt
I was surprised to see these three species this morning - in my
experience, these birds prefer rainforest. Lots of common bush birds
calling as well.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie; Andrew Mackie
Lewin's Rail, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Azure Kingfisher Huntingdon Creek,
MCCG platypus surveys this morning from 5-7am; sites along Huntingdon
Estate creek, off Rafting Ground Road. Lewin's Rail heard in dense
undergrowth bordering creek, then briefly poked head out from thicket
when I played call softly to myself for reference. Same bird later
fluttered across creek into opposite bank veg. Buff-banded Rail was
foraging on opposite creek for convenient comparison. Other surveyors
100m downstream reported prolonged views of Bush-hen. Would caution
that, while I have heard and seen both species here regularly, this is
not an amenable site for getting consistently good views, due to
denseness of bank veg. This is also local territory for an Azure
Sat 13 Sep Spotless Crake (2); Latham's Snipe; Glossy Ibis; Wandering
Whistling-duck Sandy Camp Road Wetlands
Spotless Crake in their usual hangout in the reddish pond near the
shelter, Latham's seen on a grassy little island in the second lagoon,
and a single Glossy Ibis seen throughout the morning feeding in the
first two lagoons along with a number of Wandering Whistling-ducks. A
nice morning birding.
Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie
White-Eared Monarch, Noisy Pitta, Barred Cuckoo-Shrike Gold Creek
White-Eared Monarch seen near the last creek crossing before the car
park. Noisy Pitta seen in regenerated creek side forest just before
last creek crossing. Barred Cuckoo-Shrike feeding and calling in tree
with yellow fruits opposite regenerated forest.
Jo & Matt Culican
Leaden Flycatcher Walter Zimmerman Park, Pine Mountain
A remembered song and a reacquaintance as the migrants return from
their winter holidays
Fri 12 Sep Black Kite Kedron Wetland
After the influx some time ago, this was the first bird I've seen here
for a while. (Moderator's note: There have been a few records on ebird
Dollarbird Cedar Creek Rd at 27ADEG50'56'S 153ADEG11'45'E (restricted
First return for the season at 0605 this morning in a large eucalyptus
tree in front paddock.
Cotton Pygmy-Goose Robina--Skill Stadium wetland
A single bird.
Terry Dillon, Hans & Judy Beste
Thu 11 Sep Rainbow Bee-eaters Crn Wiseman Street and Kelly Street, The
Range, South Rockhampton 4700
Pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters sitting on overhead wires at 0630 as
sunshine touches top of hill. Have seen birds 2 days consecutively at
this time. Had a pair a few days earlier further down hill at
intersection of Lavarach and Lamington Streets at around midday when
sun is above.
Channel-billed Cuckoo Maskell Court, Draper, Samford Valley
Just heard and saw the first Channel-billed Cuckoo for the season.
Tue 9 Sep Cicadabird University of Queensland (St Lucia)
Heard a Cicadabird's distinctive reel, coming from a treed stretch
along Will Macgregor Drive by the river, adjacent to the Eleanor
Schonell (aka Green) Bridge, at about 8:30am. Remarkable given the time
(just beginning to migrate through), habitat and location; this is the
first time I've encountered this species on UQ, or indeed in inner
suburban Brisbane. The first Channel-bills and Koels for the year have
shown up on campus and there are plenty of parrots (Galahs, corellas
and both common lorikeets) checking out nest hollows on both ends of
the Green Bridge.
Australian Koel Kalinga Park
One male seen feeding in a fig in Kalinga Park. Although there have
been several Channel-billed Cuckoo records already this year, is this
the first east coast record of a koel for 2014/15 season? (Moderator's
Note: The first record for the East Coast for this season in ebird is
from Innisfail on September 1, 2nd record by the Daintree Boatman on
Sept 3, then 3 records from Bamaga, Kingfisher Park and Rowes Bay at
Townsville on Sept 4 - Nick's record appears to be the first record for
Powerful Owl Fig Tree Pocket
Seen at 1:50 am perched on the clothesline of my backyard as soon as I
got closer it flew away, no calling heard.
Mon 8 Sep Sooty Owl, Masked Owl, Marbled Frogmouth D'Aguilar NP - Mount
Sooty Owls at two sites, Masked Owl at one site and Marbled Frogmouth
calling at four sites in D'Aguilar NP, from Mount Glorious down to
Bellbird Grove during surveys over the last week. Many Southern
Boobooks and Australian Owlet-Nightjars seen and heard right throughout
Eastern Barn Owl East Brisbane
At 10pm an Eastern Barn Owl called right next to our house and another
one responded from a bit further away. We have heard Eastern Barn Owls
now a number of times since the beginning of August in this location.
There are also Tawny Frogmouths and Southern Boobooks around.
Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson
Grey-Crowned Babbler Bentley Court, Joyner, 4500.
Three birds seen in late June, increasing to 8 birds in September. Seen
in our daughter's and her neighbour's yards. They don't seem to be
worried by the dogs, and the dogs ignore them.
Roy and Pamela Hallett
Bush Stone Curlew Centennial Way, Forest Lake, South-West Brisbane
I heard Curlew calling in close proximity to my residence around
2.00am. I caught a glimpse of the bird scurrying from my front yard
towards the adjacent roadway. I believe there may have been more than 1
bird calling but I only observed the one. The calls continued for a few
minutes until the birds left the area. I am aware that Curlews have
been observed in parts of this suburb on other occasions but this is
the first time I've seen or heard them in my street.
Errol Leslie MADDEN
Spotted Harrier Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve
Single adult low over sparse woodland and reedbeds. Typical harrier
flight pattern. Two observers.
David John Collis
Sun 7 Sep Glossy Black-Cockatoo Allen Road, Nanango
Heard calling from NE of property
Julian & Fay Bielewicz
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