Lockyer Uplands Private Property #2

Eastern yellow robin – Eopsaltria australis – Photo: Mitchell Roberts

This outing was the second in 2023 combining the members of BirdLife and of Toowoomba Bird Observers, to survey birds on private properties in the Lockyer Uplands.

Data were entered to Birdata and copied to the landholder and to Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc. (LUCI).

Our hosts today, Peter and Elspeth, kindly facilitated access to their large property in the headwaters of Palm Tree Creek. Kennedys Road borders much of the property and, tantalisingly, we were located in Egypt—via Stockyard.

Eucalypt woodland covers most of the property, much of it regrowth over many decades, and is dominated by silver-leaved ironbark and ‘narrow-leaved’ ironbark, with areas of forest red gums. Like much of our region, understorey is occupied by lantana, grass and some understorey shrubs and trees including sheaoks.

A good turn-up of 14 people participated in the surveys and we were blessed with sunny and mostly calm weather. One team completed a 500-metre radius survey in the main gully while the second team worked down two tracks in the upper slopes to complete a separate survey. Others recorded birds around the homestead.

Combining all records, a total of 36 species was accumulated from this morning activity. As is typical for this cool season, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Silvereye and Spotted Pardalote were the most abundant species, with plenty of fairy-wrens and other honeyeaters. Small numbers of Buff-rumped Thornbill, Rose Robin and Eastern Spinebill were documented. During a sumptuous morning tea laid on for us by Elspeth and Peter, a covey of Brown Quail was observed from the kitchen window.

With much gratitude to our hosts and to all who came along for the day, we agreed that it was another most enjoyable joint activity of BirdLife and TBO, while contributing both to the national Birdata database and to BLUCAP—the Birds of the Lockyer Uplands Conservation Action Plan.

Yellow-faced honeyeater – Caligavis chrysops Photo: Ann Alcock
Spotted Pardalote – Pardalotus punctatus Photo Ann Alcock
Grey Fantail – Rhipidura albiscapa Photo: Ann Alcock
Brown Thornbill – Acanthiza pusilla Photo: Ann Alcock
White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis Photo: Ann Alcock
Australian King-ParrotAlisterus scapularis
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Brown QuailSynoicus ypsilophora
Brown ThornbillAcanthiza pusilla
Brown-headed HoneyeaterMelithreptus brevirostris
Buff-rumped ThornbillAcanthiza reguloides
Double-barred FinchTaeniopygia bichenovii
Eastern SpinebillAcanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Eastern Yellow RobinEopsaltria australis
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Grey Shrike-thrushColluricincla harmonica
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatus
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Pale-headed RosellaPlatycercus adscitus
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Red-backed Fairy-wrenMalurus melanocephalus
Red-browed FinchNeochmia temporalis
Rose RobinPetroica rosea
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Spotted PardalotePardalotus punctatus
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Varied SittellaDaphoenositta chrysoptera
Variegated Fairy-wrenMalurus lamberti
WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
White-naped HoneyeaterMelithreptus lunatus
White-throated HoneyeaterMelithreptus albogularis
Yellow-faced HoneyeaterCaligavis chrysops