Survey trip

Jondaryan and surrounds

Painted honeyeater – Grantiella picta Photo: Roger Jaensch

Only half an hour north-west of Toowoomba, Jondaryan is a birding hotspot and well known as a reliable site to see Painted honeyeaters at the end of the year.

We surveyed two of the four 2020 plots along the Warrego Highway, but the noise of traffic ‘drove’ us away from doing the remaining two plots. Birds were quiet there two although we did hear two Painted Honeyeaters near the railway line, over the highway.

Then we did three new 2ha plots on the northern side, north of the coal facility and grain storage (we did general observations there last time). These plots were very rewarding, keeping us busy. Two of them had Painted Honeyeaters singing boldly and probably there was a third bird nearby. We watched a ‘family’ of four Ground Cuckoo-shrikes.

Ground cuckoo-shrike Coracina maxima Photo: Roger Jaensch
Ground cuckoo-shrike Coracina maxima Photo: Roger Jaensch

Lastly, we looked at Leahy Road in Jondaryan where we encountered another two Painted Honeyeaters: thus, at least six in total for the morning.

The survey results are in birdata here.

In total 46 species were sighted on the day

ApostlebirdStruthidea cinerea
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
Crested PigeonOcyphaps lophotes
Double-barred FinchTaeniopygia bichenovii
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Grey-crowned BabblerPomatostomus temporalis
Ground Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina maxima
Leaden FlycatcherMyiagra rubecula
Little FriarbirdPhilemon citreogularis
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Nankeen KestralFalco cenchroides
Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatus
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatus
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Painted HoneyeaterGrantiella picta
Pale-headed RosellaPlatycercus adscitus
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Red winged parrotAprosmictus erythropterus
Rock DoveColumba livia
Rufous SonglarkMegalurus mathewsi
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Scaly-breasted LorikeetTrichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Shining Bronze-CuckooChalcites lucidus
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Speckled WarblerPyrrholaemus sagittatus
Spiny-cheeked HoneyeaterAcanthagenys rufogularis
Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensis
Striped HoneyeaterPlectorhyncha lanceolata
Superb Fairy-wrenMalurus cyaneus
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
White faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiae
White-winged ChoughCorcorax melanorhamphos
White-winged TrillerLalage tricolor
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Yellow-rumped ThornbillAcanthiza chrysorrhoa
Yellow-throated MinerManorina flavigula
Zebra FinchTaeniopygia guttata
And one koala…………….. Photo: Roger Jaensch