Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
Date: 15 Sep 2014 08:29:52 +1000
   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.
   Rob Morris
   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.
   Anne Burgess
   Black-faced Monarch; Spectacled Monarch; Eastern Spinebill Mt Gravatt
   summit trail
   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,
   Upper Brookfield
   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
   Russell Yong
   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
   Peter Horler
   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
   Nick Leseberg
   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.
   Sandra Gallienne
   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.
   Carolyn Larkin
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Maskell Court, Draper, Samford Valley
   Just heard and saw the first Channel-billed Cuckoo for the season.
   Julie Sarna
   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.
   Russell Yong
   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
   South-East Queensland).
   Nick Leseberg
   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.
   Josphe Hartigan
   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
   the park.
   Nick Leseberg
   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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