Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings (WABN 176)

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 176 (December 2020). 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

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

Date Observers Species

Location

26/09/2020 Drew Davison, Clive Nealon and Claire Gerrish Whiskered Tern (40+) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
25/09/2020 Bill Russell et al. Australian [Gull-billed] Tern (20) Creery Wetlands (Mariners Cove)
25/09/2020 Ken Glasson Eastern Cattle Egret (1) Sir James Mitchell Park (South Perth)
25/09/2020 Martin Greenwood Whiskered Tern (5) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
24/09/2020 Wynton Maddeford Gilbert's Honeyeater (1) Bateman Park (Bull Creek)
22/09/2020 Mark Newman White-backed Swallow (3) ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
21/09/2020 Mark Binns Chestnut Teal (1) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
20/09/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Gull (1 second year) Two Rocks (Two Rocks)
14/09/2020 Ken Glasson Black-tailed Godwit (2) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
14/09/2020 Rachel Earle Pied [Black-winged] Stilt (3) Peasholm Dog Beach (Scarborough)
13/09/2020 Penny Archer & Dee Smith Wedge-tailed Eagle (1) City of Stirling council offices (Stirling)
13/09/2020 Martin Greenwood Square-tailed Kite (1) Marmion Ave (Eglinton)
12/09/2020 Martin Greenwood Brown Falcon (1)
Southern Emu-wren (2)
White-winged Triller (2)
Hopkins Rd (Carabooda)
08/09/2020 Shelley Pearson via Claire Greenwell Common Tern (2) Nairns (Coodanup)
06/09/2020 Drew Davison White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
05/09/2020 Ken Glasson Western Corella (2) Kent St Weir (Wilson)
05/09/2020 BirdLife WA Excursion (Drew Davison et al.) Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (1) Lightning Swamp (Noranda)
30-31/08/2020 Mark Binns Terek Sandpiper (1) Lake Vincent (Rottnest Island)
28/08/2020 Benjamin Hicks et al. Western Rosella (1) Hopkins Rd (Carabooda)
27/08/2020 Ken Glasson Eastern Cattle Egret (1) James Mitchell Park (South Perth)
26/08/2020 Wynton Maddeford Eastern Cattle Egret (1) cnr Swan Rd & Gnangara Rd (Henley Brook)
22/08/2020 Wynton Maddeford Eastern Cattle Egret (4) cnr Swan Rd & Gnangara Rd (Henley Brook)
22/08/2020 BirdLife WA Excursion (Drew Davison et al.) Brown Falcon (1)
Elegant Parrot (4)
Bickley Brook (Orange Grove)
18/08/2020 Mark Binns Eastern Osprey (1 caught bird, possibly Little Black Cormorant) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
12/08/2020 Kevin Horner Australian Masked Owl (1 roadkilled) Kwinana Freeway at Cranford Ave (Mount Pleasant)
07/08/2020 Martin Greenwood Square-tailed Kite (1)
White-backed Swallow (4)
Hopkins Rd (Carabooda)
06/08/2020 Peter Coyle Beach Stone Curlew (1) Rocky Bay (Rottnest Island)
06/08/2020 Mark Binns Freckled Duck (11)
Chestnut Teal (1 male)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
05/08/2020 Peter Coyle Beach Stone Curlew (1) Rocky Bay (Rottnest Island)
03/08/2020 Mark Binns Chestnut Teal (1 male) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
01/08/2020 Drew Davison & Ben Hicks Elegant Parrot (2)
White-backed Swallow (6)
Hopkins Rd (Carabooda)
31/07/2020 Mark Binns Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (12+) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
31/07/2020 Martin Greenwood White-backed Swallow (5)
Varied Sittella (8)
Hopkins Rd (Carabooda)
31/07/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Gull (2 hunting Silver Gull chicks) Two Rocks Marina (Two Rocks)
24/07/2020 Bill Russell et al. Chestnut Teal (1 male)
Royal Spoonbill (1)
Eastern Curlew (1)
Len Howard Reserve (Erskine)
21/07/2020 Wynton Maddeford Chestnut Teal (1 male)
White-necked Heron (1)
Western Whistler (1)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
19/07/2020 John Graff, Dan Mantle et al. Black-browed/Campbell Albatross (1)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (150)
MANX SHEARWATER (1)
Perth Canyon, offshore Perth
18/07/2020 John Graff, Dan Mantle et al. Southern Giant-Petrel (1)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (140)
Perth Canyon, offshore Perth
17/07/2020 Bill Russell Royal Spoonbill (1) Goegrup Lake (Barragup)
17/07/2020 Bill Russell Royal Spoonbill (1) Len Howard Reserve (Erskine)
15/07/2020 Drew Davison Chestnut Teal (1 female) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
15/07/2020 Mark Binns Eastern Barn Owl (1) Tuckfield Street (Fremantle)
14/07/2020 Drew Davison Chestnut Teal (1 male) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
10/07/2020 Wynton Maddeford Chestnut Teal (1 male) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)

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

Date Observers Species

Location

20/09/2020 Bill Russell Wood Sandpiper (12)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Long-toed Stint (1)
Wandalup Ponds, Nambeelup (Murray) [private access]
19/09/2020 Catherine Spaggiari Restless Flycatcher (1 - present since previous autumn) Mohr Dr, Mount Shadforth (Denmark)
18-19/09/2020 Athena Georgiou via Drew Davison Restless Flycatcher (2) garden, Eagle Bay (Busselton)
13/09/2020 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (4)
Pied Butcherbird (8)
Borden-Bremer Bay Rd (Jerramungup)
13/09/2020 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Greater Sand Plover (2)
Sanderling (40)
Gordon Inlet (Jerramungup)
06/09/2020 Bill Russell Brush Bronzewing (1)
Chestnut Teal (1)
Wood Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Wandalup Ponds, Nambeelup (Murray) [private access]
23/08/2020 Bill Russell Brush Bronzewing (1)
Wood Sandpiper (2)
Wandalup Ponds, Nambeelup (Murray) [private access]
13/08/2020 Ken Glasson Pied Butcherbird (1) Collins Rd (Beverley)
10/08/2020 Stewart Ford & John Graff Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (71)
Black-browed Albatross (1 adult)
Black-browed/Campbell Albatross (1 juvenile)
Shy Albatross (9)
Giant Petrel sp. (3)
Cape Petrel (1)
Great-winged Petrel (1,650)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (200)
Cook's/Pycroft's Petrel (1)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (170)
Sooty Shearwater (1)
Hutton's Shearwater (4,500)
Brown Skua (2)
Cape Naturaliste (Busselton) - 0950-1520
03/07/2020 Bill Russell Banded Stilt (~5,000) Lake Preston (Waroona)
c. 20/06/2020 Peter Syme via Rob Davis Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (2) c. 20km N of Wubin (Wubin)

Arid Zone (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

22/09/2020 Claire Greenwell Masked Lapwing (1) Exmouth Sewage Ponds (Exmouth)
12/09/2020 Stephen Clarke Australian Wood Duck (2) George's River (Ashburton)
12/09/2020 Pete White & Jill Rowbottom Scarlet-chested Parrot (1 male) nr Corriding Rock (Coolgardie)
10/09/2020 Pete Kinny & Joseph Hamilton Grey Wagtail (1) Chinaman Pool (Carnarvon)
09/08/2020 Geoff Collis White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1 in territorial fight with Wedge-tailed Eagle)
Green-backed Gerygone (1 possible)
Carawine Gorge (East Pilbara)
18/07/2020 Drew Davison Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (1, origin uncertain) Kalbarri town (Northampton)
22/07/2018 David Secomb via eBird Paperbark Flycatcher (1) Dooleena Gorge (East Pilbara)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

16/08/2020 Darryl James Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (1 heard) Lily Creek Lagoon, Kununurra (Wyndham-East Kimberley)

 

Australian Indian Ocean Territories


Ashmore Reef

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Christmas Island

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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