Oxley Creek Common, Brisbane, bird watching information
Oxley Creek Common is home to a remarkable variety of birds. An experienced observer can find as many as 70 species in one hour of observation during the spring – about 10% of all Australia’s bird species and several times the diversity one could find walking the suburbs. In the past eleven years over 190 species have been recorded on the Common. It was featured on Channel 7's The Great South East in July 2010. Web link or a .pdf of the web link.
This guide is a walking guide to the birds of Oxley Creek Common. It suggests places to stop and indicates which birds are most likely to be found where. It includes photographs and a map.
The more regularly seen species are listed on this tick list. This handout discusses some aspects of the interesting birdlife on Oxley Creek Common.
This is a full list of all species known at the site. If you discover something new, or see something that has only been recorded a few times then please click here to email me details. If the bird is unexpected I may quiz you for details and I reserve the right not to add any species to the list.
Interesting recent records (June 2012)
New additions to the list include black and square-tailed kite. A little shrike-thrush has moved into the bush along oxley creek about 500 m from the red shed. The swans have bred yet again, and winter has brought a flood of whistlers, fantails and honeyeaters. Scarlet Honeyeaters should appear in late July or earlier. Black-fronted dotterel and chestnut teal are very regular on Jabiru Lagoon while a pair of osprey has been regular Pelican Lagoon autumn to June 2012.
What is the future of Oxley Creek Common and its birds?
Unfortunately the conservation values of this site are under serious threat from development and poor management. Some of the site, including two small wetlands, was transferred to Brisbane Markets in 2007. That area is now being developed even though it was known habitat for the locally rare plum-headed finch and black-necked stork. Development options for Oxley Creek Common include turning it into sports fields. Here is a letter I sent to the Lord Mayor in 2009. Brisbane City Council has never replied. If you are concerned about losing the biodiversity values of this site write to Brisbane City Council and voice your concerns. See if you can get them to write back.
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