Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings (WABN 161)

Email John Graff (wasightings@birdlife.org.au) with details of your sightings.

The more unusual or rare sightings are highlighted in red and may be included in the WA Bird Notes Issue 161 (March 2017). These sightings may require some notes and/or photographs supporting the sightings to be published in WABN. Records highlighted in bold red are the most unusual sightings. Sightings of immediate interest to other birders can also be copied to the birdswa email list and the birding-aus email list. The taxonomy used on this webpage is based on the International Ornithological Congress (IOC) list. You are welcome to email JPG photographs of Western Australian birds to be identified.  Click here for the previous sightings.


Please note: Although due care is taken to assess records for veracity before publication on this page, it is recommended that those wishing to cite records refer to the relevant edition of WA Bird Notes (WABN) or contact the records officer before citing.

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Perth & Mandurah (within UBD Street Directory)

South-West

Arid Zone

Kimberley

External Territories


REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
PhD student Reece Pedler (from SA) is satellite tracking Banded Stilt and has recently banded nearly 950 stilt chicks with blue leg flags at a breeding colony on Lake Torrens SA. Reece would be most appreciative of any information regarding large flocks of stilts in WA and also any sightings of leg flagged birds.
He can be contacted on: reece.pedler@deakin.edu.au or 0400 038 452

Perth & Mandurah (within UBD Street Directory) (Suburbs in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

13/01/2017 John Graff Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (150)
Red-necked Stint (~4,000)
Austin Bay NR, Peel Inlet (South Yunderup)
10/01/2017 Peter Jacoby Square-tailed Kite (1) nr Perth Modern School (Subiaco)
10/01/2017 Marcus Singor Australian Pied Oystercatcher (83)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Great Knot (12)
Red Knot (3)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
10/01/2017 Marcus Singor Wood Sandpiper (8) North Lake (North Lake)
10/01/2017 John Graff Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (1 heard) nr Heron Place carpark, Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
09/01/2017 Rob Davis Brown Quail (1) E side of Lake Joondalup (Wanneroo)
09/01/2017 Ian Pibworth Australian Spotted Crake (1)
Spotless Crake (2)
Wood Sandpiper (2)
Masked Lapwing (2)
Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
05/01/2017 Mark Newman Black Kite (1) Folly Pool (Baldivis)
05/01/2017 Marcus Singor Glossy Ibis (42)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (3)
Peregrine Falcon (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
01/01/2017 Marcus Singor Pacific Reef Heron [Eastern Reef Egret] (1) Point Peron (Peron)
31/12/2016 Mark Newman & Nick Brown Bar-tailed Godwit (68)
Curlew Sandpiper (30)
Nairns (Coodanup)
30/12/2016 Robyn Pickering Black-winged Stilt (1,300+)
Banded Stilt (1)
Gallinago sp. Snipe (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Wood Sandpiper (5)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
30/12/2016 Mark Newman & Nick Brown Long-toed Stint (2) Lake Walyungup (Warnbro)
27/12/2016 Kelly Rayner & Neil Hamilton Eastern Osprey (1) Lake Joondalup, W side (Lake Joondalup)
27/12/2016 Ian Pibworth Wood Sandpiper (2)
Masked Lapwing (2)
Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
17/12/2016 Bill Betts Pacific Golden Plover (1)
Bar-tailed Godwit (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Great Knot (several)
Red Knot (several)
Curlew Sandpiper (3+)
Hooded Plover (1 juvenile)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
17/12/2016 Mark Binns Little Egret
Great Knot (13)
Red Knot (4)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
15/12/2016 Bill Betts BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
10/12/2016 Mark Newman Banded Stilt (80+)
Red-necked Avocet (8)
Great Knot (5)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Grey-tailed Tattler (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (5)
Curlew Sandpiper (3)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Lake Cooloongup (Cooloongup)
10/12/2016 Gary Tate Spotted Harrier (1 juvenile) Lake Goollelal (Kingsley)
09/12/2016 Gary Tate Spotted Harrier (1 juvenile) Lake Goollelal (Kingsley)
05/12/2016 Athena Georgiou via Sue Abbotts Australian Spotted Crake (1)
Spotless Crake (1)
Wood Sandpiper (1)
Lake Claremont (Claremont)
02/12/2016 Ian Pibworth Greater Sand Plover (2)
Sanderling (70)
Two Rocks Beach (Two Rocks)
25/11/2016 Marcus Singor Bar-tailed Godwit (1)
Great Knot (1)
Red Knot (3)
Curlew Sandpiper (3)
Hooded Plover (1 juvenile)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
23/11/2016 Mark Newman Fairy Martin (1) ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
22/11/2016 Gary Tate Spotted Harrier (1 juvenile) cnr of Whitfords Ave & Duffy Tce (Woodvale)
20/11/2016 Chris Knuckey Regent Parrot (multiple small flocks) Marri Park Golf Course (Casuarina)
18/11/2016 Ken Glasson Red Knot (3)
Curlew Sandpiper (2)
Point Walter (Bicton)
13/11/2016 Ian Abbott Variegated Fairy-wren (5) Point Direction (North Fremantle)
13/11/2016 Ian Abbott Spotted Pardalote (2) Garungup Park (Mosman Park)
27/10/2016 Bill Betts Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
25/10/2016 Bruce Hendrie via Facebook BEACH STONE-CURLEW (1) near Roland Smith Memorial, Rottnest Island (Rottnest Island)
23/10/2016 Ray Turnbull & Margot Oorebeek Rufous Treecreeper (1) Reg Bond Reserve (Viveash)
16/10/2016 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Red Knot (2)
Hooded Plover (1 juvenile)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
16/10/2016 Pam Masters et al. Eastern Rosella (1, presumed aviary escapee) Reg Bond Reserve (Viveash)
13/10/2016 David Lewis Eastern Cattle Egret (1 breeding plumage) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
13/10/2016 David Taggart White-bellied Sea-Eagle (2) Burns Beach (Burns Beach)
12/10/2016 John Ryan Square-tailed Kite (2) Bold Park (Floreat)
08/10/2016 Pam Masters et al. Mute Swan (1) Blackadder Wetland (Midland)
05/10/2016 Pam Masters et al. Mute Swan (1) Blackadder Wetland (Midland)
monthly 10/2015-10/2016 Pam Masters et al. Rufous Treecreeper (1) Reg Bond Reserve (Viveash)
10/2015-10/2016 Joyce Gwynne & Chris Hunt Australian Magpie (1 leucistic) Victoria Park area (Victoria Park)

South West (Murchison River to Esperance) (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

13/01/2017 John Graff et al. Black-tailed Godwit (15)
Ruff (1)
Marsh Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
12/01/2017 Marcus Singor White-faced Heron (204)
Black-tailed Godwit (9)

Long-toed Stint (2)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
07/01/2017 Mark Newman & Nick Brown Chestnut Teal (1 male)
Pacific Golden Plover (2)
Ruff (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (120+)
Curlew Sandpiper (120+)
Red-necked Stint (200+)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
03/01/2017 Alex & June Morrison Oriental Pratincole (1) Morley Beach, Wilson Inlet (Denmark)
01/01/2017 Mark Newman et al. Black-tailed Godwit (12)
Ruff (1)
Marsh Sandpiper (4)
Long-toed Stint (12)
White-winged Black Tern (1)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
29/12/2016 Robyn Pickering Masked Lapwing (2) Ocean Beach Rd (Denmark)
28/12/2016 Marcus Singor Black-tailed Godwit (13)
Ruff (1)
Long-toed Stint (1)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
23/12/2016 Bill Russell Banded Stilt (~4,000) Lake Preston at Myalup (Harvey)
20/12/2016 Shaun Welsh via Anne Bondin Oriental Pratincole (1) Wilson Inlet (Denmark)
20/12/2016 Geoff Collis Malleefowl (1) Borden-Bremer Bay Rd, 1km N of South Coast Hwy (Jerramungup)
19/12/2016 Geoff Groom via Facebook Ruff (1) Lake McLarty (Murray)
15/12/2016 Linda Giblett & Steve Elson Banded Stilt (5,000)
Red-necked Stint (300+)
Hooded Plover (120+)
Common Tern (1)
private property near Esperance (Esperance)
mid 12/2016 Geoff Groom via Facebook Ruff (1)
Common Tern (1)
Mullet Lakes (Esperance)
07/12/2016 Linda Giblett Banded Stilt (400+) Esperance area (Esperance)
05/12/2016 Linda Giblett Grey Plover (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (2)
Ruff (1)
Common Greenshank (100+)
Grey-tailed Tattler (2)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Hooded Plover (2)
private property near Esperance (Esperance)
05/12/2016 Rick Playle Square-tailed Kite (1) Foxes Lair (Narrogin)
early 12/2016 Tim Leary Masked Lapwing (1) Wilson Inlet near Ocean Beach (Denmark)
27/11/2016 BirdLife WA Excursion (Sue Abbotts et al.) Long-toed Stint (8) Lake McLarty (Murray)
20/11/2016 Mark Newman & Nick Brown Eurasian Curlew (1) Point Douro (Harvey)
05/11/2016 Plaxy Barratt, John Graff et al. Pacific Golden Plover (1)
Grey Plover (13)
Greater Sand Plover (4)
Eurasian Curlew (1)
Eastern Curlew (2)
Bar-tailed Godwit (19)
Great Knot (6)
Red Knot (19)
Ruff (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (2)
Common Greenshank (3)
Grey-tailed Tattler (2)
Common Sandpiper (2+)
Sanderling (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (5)
Curlew Sandpiper (70+)
Red-necked Stint (600+)
Gull-billed Tern (2 race affinis)
Point Douro (Harvey)
01/11/2016 Linda Giblett Banded Stilt (500+) Speddingup area (Esperance)
22/10/2016 Dave & Jan Crossley Eurasian Curlew (1) Vittoria Bay (Bunbury/Harvey)
21/10/2016 Bill Russell Terek Sandpiper (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Sanderling (1)
Lake Preston, near causeway (Waroona)
21/10/2016 Ken Glasson Sanderling (100+) Green Island (Dandaragan)
20/10/2016 Bill Russell White-necked Heron (1) Lake Preston, near causeway (Waroona)
17/10/2016 Mike Lawrie & Jan Checker Wood Sandpiper (1)
Gull-billed Tern (1)
Hutt Lagoon, Port Gregory (Northampton)
05/10/2016 Jon Elliott Rock Parrot (2) Walcliffe Rd (Augusta-Margaret River)
05/10/2016 Jon Elliott Square-tailed Kite (2) Wilderness Rd (Augusta-Margaret River)
late 09/2016 Shaaron Kapiteyn Willie Wagtail (1 leucistic) Capel (Capel)

 

Arid Zone (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

31/12/2016 via Facebook SPANGLED DRONGO (1) Monkey Mia Beach (Shark Bay) 
30/10/2016 John Graff Barn Swallow (4) Boat Beach, Point Walcott (Roebourne)
29/10/2016 John Graff Barn Swallow (2+) Point Samson (Roebourne)
26/10/2016 Margot Oorebeek & Ray Turnbull Oriental Pratincole (1) Onslow Wastewater Treatment Plant (Roebourne)
25/10/2016 Margot Oorebeek & Ray Turnbull Red-necked Avocet (4) Onslow Wastewater Treatment Plant (Roebourne)
20-21/10/2016 Ray Turnbull et al. Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1) Onslow (Roebourne)
19/10/2016 Linda Giblett Banded Stilt (500+) north-east of Gibson (Esperance) [private property]
17/10/2016 Frank O'Connor et al. Orange Chat (70+) Dampier Saltworks (Roebourne) [private property]
16/10/2016 Ray Turnbull  Australian Pratincole (1) Ashburton North, nr Onslow (Roebourne)
13/10/2016 Linda Giblett Red-kneed Dotterel (3 pairs) north of Esperance (Esperance)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

04/01/2017 Bruce Greatwich Gouldian Finch (2) Dampier Creek Commons (Broome)
30/12/2016 George Swann, Sacha Ruoss et al. Gouldian Finch (2) Dampier Creek Commons (Broome)
15/12/2016 Danny Rogers GREY PHALAROPE (1) Bush Point (Broome) [private property]
15/12/2016 Nigel Jackett et al. Eurasian Curlew (1) Bush Point (Broome) [private property]
01/12/2016 George Swann & Bruce Greatwich Eurasian Curlew (1) Bush Point (Broome) [private property]
01/12/2016 John Graff & Stewart Ford Asian Dowitcher (190) Bush Point (Broome) [private property]
30/10/2016 Mark Newman et al. Grey Goshawk (1) Kununurra (Wyndham-East Kimberley)
30/10/2016 Mark Newman et al. Great-billed Heron (1)
Cicadabird (1)
Wyndham (Wyndham-East Kimberley)
28/10/2016 Mark Newman et al. Oriental Reed-Warbler (1) Lily Creek Lagoon, Kununurra (Wyndham-East Kimberley)
25/10/2016 George Swann Little Ringed Plover (1) Nimalarragan (Nimalaica) Wetland [restricted access]

 

Australian Indian Ocean Territories


Ashmore Reef

Date Observers Species

Location





 

Christmas Island

Date Observers Species

Location

10-17/12/2016 Robert Shore, Richard Baxter et al. COMMON SWIFT (1)
Grey Nightjar (1)
CORNCRAKE (1)
Malayan Night-Heron (1)
Japanese Sparrowhawk (3)
Asian Koel (1)
ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN (1)
Grey Wagtail (5)
Christmas Island

 

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Date Observers Species

Location

03-10/12/2016 Robert Shore, Richard Baxter et al. Eurasian Teal (1)
NORTHERN PINTAIL (1)
VON SCHRENK'S BITTERN (1)
Yellow Bittern (3)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (1)
ROSY STARLING (2)
TREE PIPIT (1)
West Island
03-10/12/2016 Robert Shore, Richard Baxter et al. Chinese Pond Heron (1)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (1)
Chinese Sparrowhawk (2)
SQUARE-TAILED DRONGO CUCKOO (1)
Blue and White Flycatcher (1)
Eyebrowed Thrush (1)
Home Island

 

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