Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings (WABN 171)

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 171 (September 2019). 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

07/07/2019 Robert Woodbury Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
07/07/2019 John Nilson Eastern Cattle Egret (1) Armadale Rd, opp Rossiter Av (Forrestdale)
25/06/2019 Dave Crossley & Bill McRoberts Arctic Tern (1) Ocean Reef Marina (Ocean Reef)
25/06/2019 Mark Binns Banded Stilt (11) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
22/06/2019 Col Heap Black Kite (1) Byford (Byford)
21-22/06/2019 Jordan Webber et al. Arctic Tern (1) Ocean Reef Marina (Ocean Reef)
20/06/2019 Lee Beavis via Facebook Arctic Tern (1) Ocean Reef Marina (Ocean Reef)
18/06/2019 Linda Giblett Great Knot (10)
Red Knot (34)
Nairns (Coodanup)
16/06/2019 Martin Greenwood Intermediate Egret (1)
Black-tailed Native-hen (5)
Red-necked Avocet (9)
Masked Lapwing (2)
Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
15/06/2019 Mark Newman Chestnut Teal (3+)
Eastern Cattle Egret (3)
Whistling Kite (50+)
Black Kite (2)
Brown Falcon (3)
Eastern Barn Owl (1)
Scarlet Robin (1)
ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
13/06/2019 via Facebook GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS (1 taken into care) Jervoise Bay (Munster)
12/06/2019 Brenton Laslett, Mark Newman et al. GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS (1 adult) Jervoise Bay (Munster)
11/06/2019 Mark Loh, Nathan Piesse et al. GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS (1 adult) Jervoise Bay (Munster)
10/06/2019 Jennifer Sumpton, Geoffrey Groom et al. GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS (1 adult)
Cape Petrel (1)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (~20)
Arctic Jaeger (1)
Woodman Point (Munster)
10/06/2019 per Fiona O'Sullivan via Facebook Southern Fulmar (1 beachwashed, taken into care) Halls Head (Halls Head)
09/06/2019 Jason Abuso via Facebook Blue Petrel (1) Woodman Point (Munster)
09/06/2019 James Joubert Hooded Plover (1) Deep Water Point (Mount Pleasant)
09/06/2019 Brenton Laslett via eBird Wilson's Storm-Petrel (6+)
Arctic Jaeger (1)
Woodman Point (Munster)
08/06/2019 via Facebook Antarctic Prion (1 beachwashed, later died) Swanbourne beach (Swanbourne)
08/06/2019 James Joubert Hooded Plover (1) nr Canning Bridge (Mount Pleasant)
08/06/2019 John Nilson European Goldfinch (1, provenance uncertain) Aspiri Park (Piara Waters)
05/06/2019 Ken Glasson Australian Bustard (1) Lake Goollelal (Kingsley)
02/06/2019 Geoffrey Groom via Facebook Masked Lapwing (1 ssp. novaehollandiae) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
01/06/2019 Mark Newman Western Rosella (1)
European Goldfinch (2, provenance uncertain)
ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
01/06/2019 Joe Russell via eBird Masked Lapwing (1 ssp. novaehollandiae) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman) - nr Moondine Dr
late 05/2019 via Gary Tate possible dark-headed gull (1) just north of Hillarys dog beach ()
30/05/2019 John Nilson European Goldfinch (2, provenance uncertain) cnr Pegus Way & Dempsey Rd (Piara Waters)
27/05/2019 Gary Tate Banded Stilt (1) Swan Yacht Club (Mount Pleasant)
24/05/2019 Ken Glasson Red-kneed Dotterel (3) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
23/05/2019 Wynton Maddeford Hooded Plover (1) Canning Bridge (Mount Pleasant)
18/05/2019 Stewart Ford et al. Sooty Shearwater (1 briefly) Perth Canyon, offshore Fremantle (Fremantle)
18/05/2019 John Graff, Dan Mantle et al. ATLANTIC YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS (1)
Sooty Shearwater (1)
Perth Canyon, offshore Fremantle (Fremantle)
17/05/2019 Margaret Owen Red-capped Robin (1 male) Underwood Avenue Bushland (Shenton Park)
16/05/2019 Hannah Goggs Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (1, presumed aviary escapee) Coolbellup (Coolbellup)
12/05/2019 Rob Davis Western [Rufous] Fieldwren (1) Wreck Point (Two Rocks)
12/05/2019 Martin Greenwood Masked Lapwing (2) Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
12/05/2019 Martin Greenwood Sanderling (30) Two Rocks Marina (Two Rocks)
11/05/2019 Drew Davison et al. Wandering Whistling-Duck (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
11/05/2019 Mark Newman Chestnut Teal (3)
Brown Falcon (3)
ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
08/05/2019 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Wandering Whistling-Duck (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman) - nr Moondine Dr
07/05/2019 Shelley Altman Wandering Whistling-Duck (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
07/05/2019 Pauline Woolley Buff-banded Rail (1+)
Sooty Oystercatcher (2)
Roseate Tern (4)
Point Peron (Peron)
06/05/2019 via Facebook Wandering Whistling-Duck (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
04/05/2019 Ken Glasson Intermediate Egret (1) Tom Bateman Reserve (Thornlie)
03/05/2019 Kim Williams Australian Bustard (1) Kwinana Fwy, c. 2km N of Paganoni Rd ()
02/05/2019 Martin Greenwood White-necked Heron (1)
Black-tailed Native-hen (5)
Masked Lapwing (2)
Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
30/04/2019 Paul Wilkins Spotted Harrier (1) Rottnest Island (Rottnest Island)
28/04/2019 Robert Woodbury Spotted [White-browed] Scrubwren (2) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
27/04/2019 Ken Glasson Australian Owlet-nightjar (1) Ellis Brook (Gosnells)
27/04/2019 Robert Woodbury Spotted [White-browed] Scrubwren (2) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
25/04/2019 Drew Davison Red-kneed Dotterel (5) Lake Gwelup (Gwelup)
24/04/2019 Steven Daly Princess Parrot (1, presumed aviary escapee) Woodlupine Family Centre carpark (Forrestfield)
21/04/2019 Benjamin Hicks Sooty Oystercatcher (3) Burns Beach (Burns Beach)
19/04/2019 Mark Newman et al. Wedge-tailed Shearwater (25+)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (3)

Streaked Shearwater (2)
Little Shearwater (3 probable)
Brown Skua (1)
Arctic Jaeger (12)
Pomarine Jaeger (1)
Common Noddy (2)
Roseate Tern (1)
Eastern Reef Egret (1)
Peregrine Falcon (1)
Point Peron (Peron)
19/04/2019 Mark Newman Chestnut Teal (10+) ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
14/04/2019 Dave B Masked Lapwing (2) Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
07/04/2019 Robert Woodbury Red-capped Robin (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
03/04/2019 Robert Woodbury Red-capped Robin (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)

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

Date Observers Species

Location

08/07/2019 Mark Binns Double-banded Plover (1) Morley Beach, Wilson Inlet (Albany/Denmark)
27/06/2019 Dan Mantle, Stewart Ford et al. Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (18)
Shy Albatross (2)

Southern Giant-Petrel (1)
Southern Giant Petrel (1 white morph)
Northern Giant-Petrel (4)
giant-petrel sp. (9)
Cape Petrel (1)
Great-winged Petrel (1,600)
TRINDADE PETREL (1)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (300)
Brown Skua (2)
Cape Naturaliste (Busselton) - c. 0800-1230
26/06/2019 Dan Mantle, Stewart Ford et al. Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (75)
Black-browed Albatross (1)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (4)
Shy Albatross (1)

Southern Giant-Petrel (1)
Northern Giant-Petrel (4)
giant-petrel sp. (20)
Great-winged Petrel (1,200)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (200)
Sooty Shearwater (2)
Hutton's Shearwater (1)
Brown Skua (1+)
Cape Naturaliste (Busselton) - 0830-1500
24/06/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Chestnut Teal (500+) Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
16/06/2019 Stewart Ford & John Graff Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (80+)
Black-browed Albatross (20+)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (15+)
Shy Albatross (3)
SALVIN'S ALBATROSS (1 older immature/subadult)
Northern Giant-Petrel (1)
Great-winged Petrel (20)
Cave Point, Torndirrup NP (Albany)
15/06/2019 Plaxy Barratt, Dan Mantle et al. Sooty Albatross (1)
SOUTHERN FULMAR (1)
Albany Canyon, offshore Albany (Albany)
15/06/2019 Linda Giblett & Steve Elson Banded Stilt (78)
Red-necked Avocet (360)
Grey Plover (1)
Common Greenshank (42)
Great Knot (7)
Red Knot (3)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1)
Curlew Sandpiper (23)
Red-necked Stint (500+)
Long-toed Stint (5)
Double-banded Plover (1)
Red-capped Plover (200+)
Morley Beach, Wilson Inlet (Albany/Denmark)
13/06/2019 Linda Giblett Masked Lapwing (2) farmland, Shark Lake Rd (Esperance)
13/06/2019 Linda Giblett Masked Lapwing (2) Esperance Golf Course (Esperance)
11/06/2019 Dan Mantle, Plaxy Barratt et al. Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (1)
Shy Albatross (6)
giant-petrel sp. (1)
SOUTHERN FULMAR (1)
Great-winged Petrel (3)
Brown Skua (3)
Lesser Noddy (1)
Bridled Tern (1)
Cape Naturaliste (Busselton) - 0730-1030
10/06/2019 John Graff Wandering [Snowy] Albatross (1)
Wandering Albatross [sp.] (9)

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (55)

Black-browed Albatross (6)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (15)
GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS (16, all ages)
Shy Albatross (60, most immatures)
Sooty Albatross (5)
LIGHT-MANTLED SOOTY ALBATROSS (3)
Southern Giant-Petrel (2)
Northern Giant-Petrel (5)
giant-petrel sp. (16)
SOUTHERN FULMAR (2)
Cape Petrel (8)
Great-winged Petrel (400)
White-headed Petrel (20)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (8)
prion sp. (1)
Sooty Shearwater (2)
Brown Skua (2)
Bridled Tern (1)
Cape Naturaliste (Busselton) - 0740-1320
09/06/2019 Stewart Ford & John Graff Wandering Albatross [sp.] (1 immature)
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (8)

Black-browed Albatross (3)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (2)
Shy Albatross (10)
Sooty Albatross (2)
Southern Giant-Petrel (1)
giant-petrel sp. (2)
Great-winged Petrel (200+)
White-headed Petrel (1+)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (3+)
Brown Skua (5)
Bridled Tern (1)
Cape Naturaliste (Busselton) - 0800-1300
05/06/2019 Mark Binns Red Knot (14) Wilson Inlet nr Crusoe Island (Denmark)
11/05/2019 Murray Bridges via John Baas GREAT SHEARWATER (1) off Walpole (Manjimup)
09/05/2019 Christine Wilder Red-backed Kingfisher (1) Margaret River Perimeter Rd (Augusta-Margaret River) - nr southern roundabout
07/05/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Hoary-headed Grebe (1,500+)
Grey Plover (1)
Common Greenshank (73)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2)
Curlew Sandpiper (54)
Red-necked Stint (400+)
Long-toed Stint (23)
Double-banded Plover (2)
Morley Beach, Wilson Inlet (Albany/Denmark)
06/05/2019 Ray Walker Eastern Cattle Egret (1 breeding plumage) Busselton (Busselton)
05/05/2019 Bill Russell Spotted Harrier (1) near Harvey (Harvey)
01/05/2019 John Baas Red-backed Kingfisher (1) Ocean Farm Dr (Gingin)
30/04/2019 Stewart Ford & John Graff Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (8)
Black-browed Albatross (7)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (4)
Shy Albatross (3)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (3,000+)
Streaked Shearwater (1)
Hutton's Shearwater (14)
Cave Point, Torndirrup NP (Albany)
30/04/2019 Linda Giblett & Steve Elson Chestnut Teal (178)
Masked Lapwing (1)
Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
30/04/2019 Stewart Ford & John Graff Chestnut Teal (25) Princess Royal Dr (Albany) 
27/04/2019 Linda Giblett & Steve Elson Black-tailed Godwit (3)
Great Knot (7)
Red Knot (4)
Common Greenshank (78)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (9)
Pectoral Sandpiper (6)
Curlew Sandpiper (104)
Red-necked Stint (450)
Long-toed Stint (23)
Double-banded Plover (1)
Oriental Pratincole (1)
Peregrine Falcon (2)
Morley Beach, Wilson Inlet (Albany/Denmark)
25/04/2019 via Dan Mantle GREAT SHEARWATER (2) off Bremer Bay (Jeramungup)
24/04/2019 via Dan Mantle GREAT SHEARWATER (2) off Bremer Bay (Jeramungup)
21/04/2019 Kathy Samulkiewicz Australian Bustard (1) cnr Hamersley & Evans Rd ()

 

Arid Zone (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

11/07/2019 Peter Taylor & Rose Ferrell PURPLE HERON (1) Small boat harbour (Carnarvon)
05/06/2019 Lester Trotter via Facebook Red Goshawk (1) Robe River Bridge (Ashburton)
/04/2019 Ross Jones et al. Black-breasted Buzzard (1) Mt Magnet Airport (Mt Magnet)
/04/2019 Ross Jones et al. White-browed Treecreeper (2+) Mt Magnet-Yalgoo Rd, 75 km W of Mt Magnet (Mt Magnet)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

01/07/2019 Jen Lang Pied Honeyeater (1) Derby Sewage Pond wetlands (Derby-West Kimberley)
31/05/2019 Luke Paterson via Facebook POND HERON sp. (1) Marlgu Billabong, Parry Lagoons (Wyndham-East Kimberley)
19/05/2019 Allan & Sandy Rose Pied Honeyeater (2,185)
Black Honeyeater (205)
Quondong Point, 40km N of Broome (Broome) - on passage 0700-0845
19/05/2019 Allan & Sandy Rose Pied Honeyeater (16,400)
Black Honeyeater (400)
Quondong Point, 40km N of Broome (Broome) - on passage 0700-1040

 

Australian Indian Ocean Territories


Ashmore Reef

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Christmas Island

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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