Lockyer Uplands Private Property #1

Juvenile male Rufous whistler – Pachycephala rufiventris Photo: Mike Ford

We are working jointly with Toowoomba Bird Observers and the Lockyer Upper Catchments Incorporated to conduct bird surveys on private properties in the Upper Lockyer Valley

Photo: Scot McPhie

The purpose of this joint activity of BirdLife and Toowoomba Bird Observers Club (TBO) is to support data gathering for the bird inventory project of LUCI . The project is creating an inventory of bird species, abundance and seasonality on (so far) 17 properties of LUCI members, all within the Lockyer Valley council region. It is engaging landholders in wildlife survey, delivering knowledge to them and informing future landscape-scale management of habitat under the umbrella of the Birds of the Lockyer Uplands Conservation Action Plan (BLUCAP: a consortium of stakeholder organisations).

Photo: Mitchell Roberts

This was also our first joint excursion with the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club – so it was with much joy that we started these surveys on a 300 acre private holding along with the owners and members of TBO.

41 species were sighted across a number of survey areas which included sloped woodland and some scree slope with Semi-evergreen vine thicket present.

Photo: Scot McPhie
Photo: Scot McPhie

Here is the list for the day:

Australasian FigbirdSphecotheres vieilloti
Australian Brush-turkeyAlectura lathami
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Bar-shouldered DoveGeopelia humeralis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Brown ThornbillAcanthiza pusilla
CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostris
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Eastern Yellow RobinEopsaltria australis
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey Shrike-thrushColluricincla harmonica
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Leaden FlycatcherMyiagra rubecula
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Little FriarbirdPhilemon citreogularis
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatus
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatus
Peaceful DoveGeopelia placida
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus
Regent BowerbirdSericulus chrysocephalus
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus
Speckled WarblerPyrrholaemus sagittatus
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
Striped HoneyeaterPlectorhyncha lanceolata
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela
Wedge-tailed EagleAquila audax
WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
White-throated HoneyeaterMelithreptus albogularis
White-throated TreecreeperCormobates leucophaea
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys

Twelve species that hadn’t been formally recorded on this property before were sighted: Brown Goshawk, Brown Honeyeater, Leaden Flycatcher, Little Friarbird, Peaceful Dove, Pied Butcherbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, Regent Bowerbird, Spangled Drongo, Striped Honeyeater, Varied Triller and Wedge-tailed Eagle.

The day was a huge success on many fronts – firstly extending the inventory of birds for the Upper Lockyer, secondly as a very happy first joint outing between TBO and BSQDD – and finally for the amazing spread our hosts Penny and Mark put on afterwards – thankyou so much for your hospitality, inviting us on to your land, and for caring for the environment in the way you do.

Setting the standard for morning teas to come!
Photo: Scot McPhie