Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March Outing 11th March

Hello all
The March Saturday outing is coming very soon.
Please note that the date of the Toorbul outing has been changed from the 18th to the 11th. The reason for the change is the suitability of the tide. On the 11th the high tide is expected at 9-20am.
So, we will meet at 7am at the southern end of the Toorbul esplanade on the 11th of March. Ken Cross and perhaps others will lead the walk. Obviously the focus will be on migratory waders however there are good bush birds and, at the other end of the esplanade, there are a few decent mangrove species. Please remember to stop and check out the wetland [dryland] on the way into the Toorbul area.  
As stated the high tide is expected at 9-20am so an arrival time at 7 allows for a couple of hours observing the birds as they are pushed higher by the rising tide.
It should be possible to have a rush around to Bribie to see what species are roosting at Kakadu Beach as usually there is some contrast between the species at the different sites.
As usual please bring your own chair, cuppa, drinking water, hat, sunscreen etc. And cameras and bins [as in binoculars…]. Scopes are always useful at wader sites, too!
Cheers for now,

Ken 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2017 Outings

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA – SUNSHINE COAST SUB-BRANCH   2017 CALENDAR
January 7, 2017 – pelagic               Contact Greg Roberts   -  friarbird.roberts@gmail.com
January 18 – Wednesday Outing – Bli Bli + Finland Road   Leader – Vince Lee
February 4th Saturday Outing – Maleny Golf Course Walk    Leader – Ken Cross
February 15th Wednesday Outing – Kings Beach and Rock Platform; extension to Golden Beach for waders and terns                              Leader – John Kooistra
March 5, 2017 – pelagic                  Contact Greg Roberts   -  friarbird.roberts@gmail.com
March 11th Saturday Outing – Toorbul             Leader – Ken Cross
March 22nd Wednesday Outing – Gheerulla Falls, Mapleton Leader – John Kooistra
April 1st Saturday Outing – Mount Tibrogargan, Beerburrum (from Matthews Flinders Park, Steve Irwin Way)   Leader – John Kooistra / Vince Lee / John Malings
April 19th Wednesday Outing – Wappa Dam  - Leader - Vince Lee
May 6 – Pelagic                                  Contact Greg Roberts   -  friarbird.roberts@gmail.com
May 13 – Saturday Outing – Dunethin Rock Reserve   Leader – John Kooistra / Vince Lee
May 17 – Wednesday Outing –  Eumundi Conservation Park, off Seib Rd, Eumundi  Leader – Russ Lamb
June 3 – Saturday Outing –  Scarffe Road Reserve            Leader – John Birbeck
June 14 – Wednesday Outing – Martin Wright Nature Walk (south side of Baroon Pocket Dam] - Leader - John Malings
July 1 – Pelagic                                       Contact Greg Roberts   -  friarbird.roberts@gmail.com
July 7, 8, 9 – Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour   Contact Robyn Combes robyn.combes62@gmail.com
July 15 – Saturday Outing – Ferntree National Park. Near Nambour   Leader – Ken Cross / Vince Lee [July 16 – BEGINNERS WALK - invite beginners from Garden expo]     Leader – Ken Cross / Vince Lee
July 26 – Wednesday Outing – Ben Bennett Botanical Park, Caloundra (Sugarbag Rd entrance) – Leader – John Kooistra / Vince Lee
August 5 - Saturday Outing – Sheep Station Creek, Caboolture    - Leader – Ken Cross & Russ Lamb
August 16 – Wednesday Outing – Maroochy Botanical Gardens                  Leader – Vince Lee
September 2 – Pelagic                             Contact Greg Roberts   -  friarbird.roberts@gmail.com
September 9 – Saturday Outing – Charlie Moreland [Camp Out]            Leader – Ken Cross
September 13 – Wednesday Outing – Park Lakes, Bli Bli   Leader – Vince Lee
October 7 – Saturday Outing – All day twitch – various locations          Leaders – Steve Popple + others
October 18 – Wednesday Outing – Toorbul                Leader – John Kooistra
November 4 – Pelagic                           Contact Greg Roberts   -  friarbird.roberts@gmail.com
November 11 - Saturday Outing – Gheerulla Falls track, Mapleton Leader – Ken Cross
November 15 – Wednesday Outing – birding around Maroochydore                    Leader - TBA
December 2 - Saturday Outing – Bli Bli + Finland Road + BBQ breakfast          Leader – Ken Cross

Campouts
Charlie Moreland – September 9th
Weekend Aways
Esk  - August 12 & 13
Tin Can Bay –  November 25 & 26

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BIRD OBSERVERS GROUP – 2017 PROGRAM


All Sunday outings commence at 8am.  Friday morning’s guest speakers will form part of the Friday Environment Forum (on the given days).  A quarterly meeting will be held at the Environment Centre to deal with bird-related matters.  All members are welcome to attend.

An Interpretive Birding Walk takes place every Friday before the Friday Environment Forum.  Meet in the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville beside the Library at 8:30am.


Date
Event/Speaker
Details
Tuesday 7th February
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Friday 17th February
Speaker Greg Czechura Research Author Qld Muesum

‘The Role of Raptors in the Environment’
Sunday 19th March
Outing West Cooroy private property
Meet at 250 Happy Jack Creek Road West Cooroy. Hazel and Don Ross will be our hosts.
Friday 21st
April
Speakers Anna Fearnley
‘Albert Lyrebirds: To be or not to be? What is the answer?’
Tuesday 2nd May
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Sunday 21st
May
Outing Duke Road Doonan private property
Meet at 152 Duke Road Doonan. Katia Lyon will be our hostess
Friday 16th June
Professor Darryl Jones
‘Clever Corvids: are they really that smart?’
Sunday 16th
July
Outing Peregian Springs
Conservation area
Meet at The Avenue Duck Ponds, Peregian Springs. The park has off road parking, toilets and shelter.
Tuesday 1st
August
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Friday 18th
August
Speaker Adrian Caneris
‘Wild sex - Why Birds don't use dating apps.’
Sunday 17th
September
Outing Noosa Bird Trail 2
Numby Lane Yurol SF
Meet at car park opposite Pomona State School Station Street Pomona.
Friday 21st
October
Speaker Robyn Howard
‘Nesting – the costs and infinite variety’
Tuesday 14th
November
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Sunday19th
November
Maleny Wetlands
Details to be advised


ALL ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO

Coordinator Valda McLean
Phone: 5476 2123 or Email: braelochen@bigpond.com



Saturday, 26 November 2016

Final Outing 2016

Hi all,
This Saturday is our final outing and get-together for 2016 and I hope to see many there. We will meet at the Mapleton Lilyponds before car pooling for a bird walk.
Saturday outing – December 3 2016  - Final outing!
Meet at 7am – Mapleton National Park & BBQ Brunch    Leader - Ken Cross 
Meet at the Lilyponds at Mapleton before a drive to a chosen Mapleton site for a walk. Return to the Lilyponds for a birdcall and BBQ brunch. Please BYO – brekky to BBQ + cuppa + chair.


Ciao for now and good birding,
Ken
Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
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Annerley QLD 4103                 
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Saturday, 15 October 2016

October Mid Week Walk


This Wednesday the mid week walk is to be held at Maroochydore Wetlands Sanctuary at Bli Bli. Please meet at the education centre at 8am. The walk will be led by John Malings or Vince Lee. The sanctuary hosts a good variety of species including specialities such as Mangrove Gerygone and perhaps the highly sought after Lewin’s Rail. It may well be worth a quick visit to Park Lakes as there has been a recent report that the wetlands are beginning to be restored.
Cheers and good birding


Ken

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

MINI TWITCH REPORT/S

Wood Ducks [J Kooistra]
Great Egret [J. Kooistra]
Thanks to all who came and saw [or heard] and ticked on the mini twitch. 

Between all the four twitching groups some 160+ species were recorded. Over $200 was raised for Birdlife SE Queensland. Best birds included Striped Honeyeater, White-bellied Cuckoo - shrike, Brown Quail, etc. Team reports follow;
before it begins....
















John Kooistra writes;
lone Royal Spoonbill [J. Kooistra]
"The three members of our team (Drangled Spongos) were Russ Lamb, Tom Tarrant and John Kooistra.

We got off to a good start at Ferntree Creek National Park where the bush birds were obliging, highlights being Shining Bronze-Cuckoo and Varied Sittella. Wappa Dam was next with dozens of Jacanas and a White-bellied Sea-eagle being the standouts. We dipped on the Night Herons which were absent from their roosting tree and no sign of the Pygmy-geese.


Logrunner [John Kooistra]
Mapleton Falls National Park was next, quiet at first but picked up in the drier forest. Then the lily ponds nearby, with an unexpected Royal Spoonbill among the more common species. The picnic area at Mary Cairncross was crowded but the tracks surprisingly not. The usual suspects were recorded here, including a confiding Logrunner and a single calling Riflebird. We dipped on Pitta and Russet-tailed Thrush. A quick squiz at Ewan Maddock Dam just off Steve Irwin Way yielded a single White Ibis and a mishap when Russ’s scope eyepiece fell apart (unknowingly) with the bits scattered along the entrance track. Thankfully we were able to retrieve the pieces and make it usable enough for our next site, Golden Beach.


Our count picked up again here with various waders and raptors, but a search for the mangrove specialities at Bells Creek just down the road was unsuccessful. We had lost some time with the scope incident, so we by-passed Caloundra headland and finished off our day at Finland Road. King Quail were calling here, and Brown Quail were flushed along the road and a few more species brought our number to 132 for the day.
Black-shouldered Kite [J. Kooistra]

Surprisingly we dipped on common species like Purple Swamphen, Silvereye and White-faced Heron.

We had a great day out, saw some cool birds, raised some money for conservation and finished off with a well-earned beer and old fashioned pub tucker at the Royal George Hotel in Nambour."










Striped Honeyeater [Cross]

Ken Cross writes;
"Our team began, like all the teams in Nambour and finished at the Royal George. Our team included myself, Jan England, Summer Wong – a visiting birder guide from Sichuan in China, and Karen Blake from Brisbane. We were not adequately named…
The birding began in the park and down the main street – many common species quickly falling. The plan was to aim immediately for Toorbul where a high tide promised to push all the waders towards the high roost site for easy identification. A good selection of migratory waders were seen oncluding grey tailed tattler, both knots, Sharp-tailed and Curlew Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints, Greenshanks and Bar-tailed Godwits, Eastern Curlews and Whimbrels. The three mangrove specials; Gerygone, Kingfisher and Honeyeater were added by call. Striped Honeyeaters were seen – one of the birds of the day.  
morning tea! On a twitch?

Next stop was Caloundra. This was a mistake. The traffic and crowds were horrendous! Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Cormorant, Silver Gull, Crested Tern and Osprey were the only new species and to ass insult to injury we dipped on House Sparrow…

Ewen Maddock Dam was also somewhat of a bust – empty expanses of water by and large – however the bush held a White bellied cuckoo Shrike which was a bonus.
A reasonable variety of birds were recorded at Mary Cairn Cross [including good views of Pitta and Logrunner] and at Mapleton.
Satin Bowerbird on thehome patch [Cross]

Wappa Dam followed with many Jacana and a single Great Crested Grebe. The regular roosting Rufous Night Heron had flown.

We finished with a rush at Finland road and Park Lakes.

We scored 131 species but were dirty about the ones missed; House Sparrow, Little Friarbird, White headed Pigeon all seen but not by a majority. Swans were proabably missed at Tootbul while inexplicably we forgot to look and listen for Bell Miner at Mapleton – another certain bird missed.
Birds unseen were perhaps surprising. No Hardheads or Coot. No Straw-necked Ibis. No white faced Herons."

  
Steve Popple writes;


"Our team (Steve, Carol, Berry and Reg) probably spent more time driving than birding covering nearly 500km in the day. We travelled to Wappa Dam, Toorbul, Beerwah – Cove Rd, Bellthorpe, lunch at Lyola (thanks to an invite from David), Mary Caincross Reserve, Maroochy Sewerage Ponds, Maroochy Wetlands, Finland Rd and a final stop riverside at Bli Bli. Thanks for orgainising a great day out and Carol & I are already planning our strategy for next year. Highlights were Striped Honeyeater at Toorbul, a flock of Satin Bowerbirds at Bellthorpe, Russet tailed Thrush at Mary Cairncross and Black faced Monarch at Maroochy Wetlands. Our big misses were White browed Scrubwren and Silver Gull."

A summary of the birds recorded by each of the four teams below, in alphabetical order;

Bird Feral O Drangles Sprongos Kens Eggs David/Pam Total
Australasian Grebe X X X 3
Australian Brush Turkey X X X X 4
Australian Figbird X X X X 4
Australian King Parrot X X X 3
Australian Magpie X X X X 4
Australian Pelican X X X X 4
Australian Pied  Oystercatcher X X X 3
Australian Pipit X X 2
Australian White Ibis X X X X 4
Australian Wood Duck X X X X 4
Azure Kingfisher X 1
Bar Tailed Godwit X X X X 4
Bar-shouldered Dove X X X X 4
Bell Miner X X 2
Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike X X X X 4
Black Faced Monarch X X 2
Black Fronted Dotteral X X X 3
Black Kite X X 2
Black Shouldered Kite X X X X 4
Black Swan X X X X 4
Black Tailed Godwit X 1
Black Winged Stilt X X X 3
Blue Faced Honeyeater X X X X 4
Brahminy Kite X X 2
Brown Cuckoo Dove X X 2
Brown Falcon X X 2
Brown Gerygone X X X 3
Brown Honeyeater X X X 3
Brown Quail X X 2
Brown Thornbill X X X 3
Buff Banded Rail X 1
Caspian Tern X X X X 4
Cattle Egret X X X X 4
Channel Billed Cuckoo X 1
Chestnut Breasted Mannikin X X 2
Chestnut Teal X X X 3
Cicadabird X 1
Collared Kingfisher X X X 3
Comb Crested Jacana X X X 3
Common Myna X X X X 4
Cotton Pygmy Goose X X 2
Crested Pigeon X X X X 4
Crested Tern X X 2
Crimson Rosella X X 2
Curlew Sandpiper X X X 3
Darter X X X 3
Dollarbird X X X X 4
Double Barred Finch X 1
Dusky Honeyeater X 1
Dusky Moorhen X X X X 4
Eastern Curlew X X X X 4
Eastern Great Egret X X X X 4
Eastern Koel X X X X 4
Eastern Osprey X X X 3
Eastern Spinebill X X 2
Eastern Whipbird X X X X 4
Eastern Yellow Robin X X X 3
Eurasian Coot X X 2
Fairy Martin X X 2
Fantailed Cuckoo X X X 3
Forest Kingfisher X X X 3
Galah X X X X 4
Golden Headed Cisticola X X X 3
Golden Whistler X X X X 4
Great Cormorant X 1
Great Crested Grebe X 1
Great Knot X X X 3
Green Catbird X X X X 4
Grey Butcherbird X X 2
Grey Fantail X X X X 4
Grey Goshawk X X 2
Grey Shrike Thrush X X X X 4
Grey Tailed Tattler X X X 3
Grey Teal X 1
Gull Billed Tern X X X X 4
Hardhead X 1
House Sparrow X X X 3
Intermediate Egret X X X X 4
King Quail X 1
Large Billed Scrubwren X X X X 4
Laughing Kookaburra X X X X 4
Leaden Flycatcher X X X 3
Lewin’s Honeyeater X X X X 4
Little Black Cormorant X X X X 4
Little Corella X X X 3
Little Egret X X X X 4
Little Friarbird X 1
Little Pied Cormorant X X X X 4
Little Shrike Thrush X X 2
Little Wattlebird X X X 3
Logrunner X X 2
Magpie Goose X X X 3
Magpie Lark X X X X 4
Mangrove Gerygone X X 2
Mangrove Honeyeater X X 2
Masked Lapwing X X X X 4
Mistletoe bird X X X 3
Nankeen Kestrel X 1
Newholland Honeyeater X 1
Noisy Friarbird X X X X 4
Noisy Miner X X X X 4
Noisy Pitta X 1
Olive Backed Oriole X X 2
Pacific Baza X X 2
Pacific Black Duck X X X X 4
Pacific Golden Plover X 1
Pale Headed Rosella X X X 3
Pale Yellow Robin X X 2
Paradise Rifflebird X X X 3
Peaceful Dove X X X 3
Pied Butcherbird X X X X 4
Pied Cormorant X X X 3
Pied Currawong X X X X 4
Purple Swamphen X X X 3
Rainbow Bee-eater X X 2
Rainbow Lorikeet X X X X 4
Red Backed Fairywren X X X X 4
Red Browed Finch X X X 3
Red Capped Plover X 1
Red Knot X X X 3
Red Necked Stint X X 2
Restless Flycatcher X 1
Rock Dove X X X 3
Royal Spoonbill X X X X 4
Rufous Fantail X X X 3
Rufous Whistler X X X 3
Russet Tailed Thrush X 1
Sacred Kingfisher X X X 3
Satin Bowerbird X X X 3
Scaly Breasted Lorikeet X X X 3
Scarlet Honeyeater X X X 3
Sharp Tailed Sandpiper X X X 3
Shining Bronze Cuckoo X X 2
Silver Gull X X 2
Silvereye X X 2
Sooty Oystercatcher X 1
Spangled Drongo X X X X 4
Spectacled Monarch X 1
Spotted Pardalote X X 2
Spotted Turtle Dove X X X X 4
Striated Pardalote X X X 3
Striped Honeyeater X X 2
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo X X X X 4
Tawny Grass Bird X X 2
Topknot Pigeon X 1
Torresian Crow X X X X 4
Varied Sitella X 1
Varied Triller X 1
Variegated Fairy Wren X 1
Wedge Tailed Eagle X 1
Welcome Swallow X X X X 4
Whimbrel X X X X 4
Whistling Kite X X X X 4
White Bellied Cuckoo Shrike X X X 3
White Bellied Sea Eagle X 1
White Breasted Wood Swallow X X X X 4
White Browed Scrub Wren X X 2
White Cheeked Honeyeater X X 2
White Eared Monarch X 1
White Faced Heron X 1
White Headed Pigeon X 1
White Naped Honeyeater X 1
White Throated Gerygone X X 2
White Throated Honeyeater X X 2
White Throated Treecreeper X X X X 4
Willie Wagtail X X X X 4
Wompoo Fruit Dove X X X 3
Wonga Pigeon X X X 3
Yellow Faced Honeyeater X X 2
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo X X X 3
Yellow Throated Scrub Wren X X X X 4
Total 114 132 131 91