Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings (WABN 174)

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 174 (June 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, the birding-aus email list and/or the Western Australian Birders Facebook group. 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. 

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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

29/03/2020 Mark Newman Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (2) ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
28/03/2020 Jason Moore Western Spinebill (1 female) Star Swamp (North Beach)
28/03/2020 Wynton Maddeford Ruddy Turnstone (1) North Mole (North Fremantle)
26/03/2020 Brad Maryan Rock Parrot (1) Long Point, Port Kennedy Scientific Park (Port Kennedy)
26/03/2020 Martin Greenwood Eastern Cattle Egret (3) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
26/03/2020 Martin Greenwood Sanderling (50+) Two Rocks beach (Two Rocks)
24/03/2020 Sue Abbotts Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1 ssp tschutschensis) Gnangara Wetlands, btwn Gnangara Rd and Wisdom Tce (Wangara)
23/03/2020 Peter Coyle Brown Honeyeater (1) Fish Hook Bay (Rottnest Island)
22/03/2020 Margaret Owen Western Spinbell (1 immature male) Underwood Ave Bushland (Shenton Park)
21/03/2020 John Graff Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1 ssp tschutschensis)
Gnangara Lake (Gnangara)
21/03/2020 Martin Greenwood Eastern Cattle Egret (3) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
21/03/2020 Martin Greenwood Little Tern (2) Two Rocks beach (Two Rocks)
21/03/2020 Wynton Maddeford Indian Peafowl (1, presumed escapee) Ellen Brook Dr (Ellenbrook)
mid 03/2020 via Claire Greenwell Little Tern (1 breeding plumage) Mandurah Quay (Mandurah)
20/03/2020 Dan Mantle Spotless Crake (1)
Wood Sandpiper (6)
Long-toed Stint (1)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1 ssp tschutschensis)
Gnangara Wetlands, btwn Gnangara Rd and Wisdom Tce (Wangara)
18/03/2020 Margaret Owen Sooty Oystercatcher (2) City Beach (City Beach)
18/03/2020 Allan Rose Purple-crowned Lorikeet (4) Midland (Midland)
17/03/2020 Ian Abbott et al. Western Corella (1) Point Walter (Bicton)
16/03/2020 Dan Mantle Spotless Crake (4)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Long-toed Stint (1)
Gnangara Lake (Gnangara)
15/03/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (1)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
14/03/2020 Sooty Shearwater (1-2) Woodman Point (Munster)
14/03/2020 Benjamin Hicks Eastern Yellow Wagtail (2; 1 ssp tschutschensis, 1 probable ssp. taivana) Gnangara Wetlands, btwn Gnangara Rd and Wisdom Tce (Wangara)
14/03/2020 Mark Newman Banded Lapwing (1) ALCOA Wellard Wetlands (Baldivis)
13/03/2020 Dan Mantle & Nick Hart Eastern Yellow Wagtail (2) Gnangara Wetlands, btwn Gnangara Rd and Wisdom Tce (Wangara)
13/03/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (9) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
11/03/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (6) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
10/03/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (9) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
08/03/2020 Nathan Yaschenko Purple-crowned Lorikeet (2+ heard) Edgewater (Edgewater)
08/03/2020 Mike Bouette Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (2)
Western Yellow Robin (2)
Alan Anderson Park (Walliston)
06/03/2020 Rynhard Kock Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (1) nr Lion's Lookout (Lesmurdie)
04/03/2020 Martin Greenwood Sanderling (30+) Two Rocks beach (Two Rocks)
03/03/2020 Ken Glasson et al. Grey-tailed Tattler (1)
Roseate Tern (10)
Woodman Point (Munster)
01/03/2020 Martin Greenwood Eastern Cattle Egret (1) Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
29/02/2020 John Graff Black-tailed Godwit (3)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (60)
Pectoral Sandpiper (2)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
29/02/2020 John Graff Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (3+) Piney Lakes (Winthrop)
28/02/2020 Bill Russell et al. Bar-tailed Godwit (17)
Terek Sandpiper (1)
Fairy Tern (45)
Nairns (Coodanup)
27/02/2020 Mark Binns Wood Sandpiper (4)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (83)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
26/02/2020 Steven Daley Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (80+)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1+)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
24/02/2020 Claire Greenwell Red-necked Avocet (~700)
Wood Sandpiper (1+)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (~150)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
24/02/2020 Claire Greenwell Black-tailed Godwit (2) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
22/02/2020 Benjamin Hicks Eastern Curlew (1)
Roseate Tern (2)
Woodman Point (Munster)
22/02/2020 John Nilson Wood Sandpiper (1) wetland at cnr Rossiter Ave & Armadale Rd (Piara Waters)
21/02/2020 John Newnham Eastern Curlew (1)
Grey-tailed Tattler (1)
Roseate Tern (2)
Woodman Point (Munster)
17/02/2020 George Swann, Rohan Clarke et al. Grey-faced Petrel (4+)
Common Noddy (113)
Bridled Tern (143)
Perth Canyon [offshore]
17/02/2020 Darryl James Eastern Cattle Egret (6) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
17/02/2020 Mike Bouette Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (2) backyard (Lesmurdie)
17/02/2020 Benjamin Hicks Eastern Curlew (1) Ocean Reef Boat Harbour (Ocean Reef)
13/02/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (6) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
09/02/2020 Claire Gerrish Australian Pelican (650-700)
Australasian Darter (120)
Pied Cormorant (1)
Lake Monger (Glendalough)
09/02/2020 Benjamin Hicks Intermediate Egret (possible)
Black-tailed Godwit (5)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
09/02/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (4) Yangebup Lake (Yangebup)
08/02/2020 Mark Newman White-tailed Tropicbird (2) between Fremantle and Rottnest Island
08/02/2020 Ken Glasson Freckled Duck (1) wetland on cnr Forrest Lake Dr and Warton Rd (Thornlie)
07/02/2020 Mark Binns Spotless Crake (4)
Black-tailed Godwit (10)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (43)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Yangebup Lake (Yangebup)
07/02/2020 Geoff Collis Brown Songlark (2) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
05/02/2020 Mark Binns Brown Songlark (2) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
05/02/2020 Ken Glasson Eastern Reef Egret (1)
Eastern Curlew (1)
Woodman Point (Munster)
04/02/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (8) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
01/02/2020 Benjamin Hicks Eastern Barn Owl (1) Heirisson Island (East Perth)
c. 24-31/01/2020 Barbara Summer Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (~50) backyard (Yanchep)
29/01/2020 John Ryan Crimson Finch (4, presumed aviary escapees) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
26/01/2020 Benjamin Hicks Eastern Cattle Egret (1)
White-backed Swallow (1)
Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
26/01/2020 John Graff Chestnut Teal (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (13)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (270)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
22/01/2020 Toni Webster Brown Songlark (1 male, 2 female) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
21/01/2020 Clive Nealon & Claire Gerrish Royal Spoonbill (1) Len Howard Reserve (Erskine)
19/01/2020 BirdLife WA Excursion (Pete White et al.) Oriental [Crested] Honey-Buzzard (1) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
19/01/2020 Benjamin Hicks Black-tailed Native-hen (1)
Red-kneed Dotterel (5)
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (1)
Red-capped Robin (1)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (2)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
18/01/2020 Geoff Collis Eastern Osprey (1)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
17/01/2020 Kirsty Heiner et al. via Facebook Eastern Yellow Wagtail (2) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
16/01/2020 John Graff, Nigel Jackett et al. Black-tailed Native-hen (1)
Red-kneed Dotterel (7)
Brown Songlark (1)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (2)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
16/01/2020 Darryl James Oriental [Crested] Honey-Buzzard (1) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
15/01/2020 Nigel Jackett et al. Eurasian Hobby (1) North Lake (North Lake)
14/01/2020 Kirsty Heiner via Facebook Brown Songlark (2 male, 1 female) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
13/01/2020 Toni Webster, Jenny Christenson et al. Brown Songlark (1) Alfred Cove (Attadale)

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

Date Observers Species

Location

09/03/2020 Phil Lewis Ground Cuckoo-shrike (4) Rifle Range Rd, N of Wongan Hills (Wongan-Ballidu)
08/03/2020 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Banded Stilt (42)
Red-necked Avocet (330)
Black-tailed Godwit (18)
Bar-tailed Godwit (1)
Common Greenshank (87)
Marsh Sandpiper (2)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (300)
Pectoral Sandpiper (4)
Curlew Sandpiper (163)
Red-necked Stint (2,000+)
Long-toed Stint (9)
Red-capped Plover (300)
Wilson Inlet (Denmark)
02/03/2020 BirdLife WA Campout (Alfred & Hidi Lau et al.) Terek Sandpiper (3) Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Australind)
02/03/2020 Bill Russell Banded Stilt (1,200) Lake Preston at Preston Beach (Waroona)
01/03/2020 BirdLife WA Campout (Alfred & Hidi Lau et al.) Spotless Crake (2) Big Swamp (Bunbury)
29/02/2020 BirdLife WA Campout (Alfred & Hidi Lau et al.) Marsh Sandpiper (1) Leschenault Estuary, N end (Harvey)
28/02/2020 Jeremy Ringma, Brad Kneebone et al. Australasian Bittern (1) private property near Denmark (Albany)
28/02/2020 Raymond Bosman [Eurasian] Whimbrel (1) Lower King River Bridge (Albany)
27/02/2020 via Dan Mantle Barau's Petrel (1) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
27/02/2020 Bill Russell Purple-crowned Lorikeet (150) Preston Beach (Waroona)
21/02/2020 Plaxy Barratt et al. Barau's Petrel (1) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
19/02/2020 Stewart Ford, Nigel Jackett et al. Lesser Noddy (~39,000 returning from foraging in evening) Wooded Island, Houtman Abrolhos (Northampton)
18/02/2020 Dan Mantle et al. GREAT SHEARWATER (1) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
18/02/2020 Stewart Ford, Nigel Jackett et al. Lesser Noddy (~51,200 returning from foraging in evening) Pelsaert Island, Houtman Abrolhos (Northampton)
18/02/2020 George Swann, Rohan Clarke et al. Lesser Noddy (541) Pelsaert Canyon, offshore Houtman Abrolhos (Northampton)
17/02/2020 Dan Mantle Common Diving-Petrel (1) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
17/02/2020 Bill Russell Eastern Cattle Egret (47) irrigated paddock at Harvey (Harvey)
17/02/2020 Bill Russell Purple-crowned Lorikeet (12) Preston Beach (Waroona)
mid 02/2020 John Anderson via Brad Kneebone Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Wilson Inlet near Ocean Beach (Denmark)
14/02/2020 Dan Mantle, Plaxy Barratt et al. Wandering Albatross sp. (1)
COOK'S PETREL (1)
Short-tailed Shearwater (8)
Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
12/02/2020 Ken Glasson Terek Sandpiper (3) Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Australind)
09/02/2020 Allan & Sandy Rose Black Honeyeater (6)
White-fronted Honeyeater (2)
private property, Morangup (Toodyay)
08/02/2020 Brad Kneebone Pectoral Sandpiper (2) Morley Beach, Wilson Inlet (Denmark)
05/02/2020 Don Carlson Greater Sand Plover (1)
Broad-billed Sandpiper (1)
Leschenault Estuary, N end (Harvey)
03/02/2020 Kathy Samulkiewicz Banded Lapwing (50) Irwin River mouth, Dongara (Irwin)
31/01/2020 Allan Rose Pied Honeyeater (16) private property, Morangup (Toodyay)
31/01/2020 David Secomb Spotted Nightjar (1) Garston Reserve (Katanning)
27/01/2020 Peter Morris Broad-billed Sandpiper (1) Leschenault Estuary, N end (Harvey)
26/01/2020 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Grey Plover (3)
Pacific Golden Plover (4)
Lesser Sand Plover (1)
Common Greenshank (53)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (170)
Pectoral Sandpiper (4)
Curlew Sandpiper (63)
Red-necked Stint (1,000+)
Long-toed Stint (1)
Whiskered Tern (23)
Wilson Inlet (Denmark)
25/01/2020 Billy Thom & Machi Yoshida CORY'S SHEARWATER (1) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
25/01/2020 Michelle Hourston Australian Bustard (2) farmland just north of Albany (Albany)
25/01/2020 John Graff Chestnut Teal (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (14)
Marsh Sandpiper (10)
Wood Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (5)
Little Stint (1)
Long-toed Stint (25+)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
23/01/2020 Jeanne Steele, Colin Steele & Peter Moore Whimbrel (1) Nornalup Inlet, Walpole (Manjimup/Denmark)
23/01/2020 Mike Lawrie Hooded Plover (1) Cape Burney, Greenough River (Geraldton-Greenough)
20/01/2020 Stewart Ford & John Graff Chestnut Teal (240) Wellstead Estuary mouth (Jerramungup)
19/01/2020 Bill Betts & Darryl Jones CORY'S SHEARWATER (1)
GREAT SHEARWATER (2)
Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
18/01/2020 John Graff & David Secomb Black-tailed Godwit (21)
Marsh Sandpiper (5)
Wood Sandpiper (4)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (4,500+)
Pectoral Sandpiper (9+)
Curlew Sandpiper (350+)
Red-necked Stint (1,500+)
Little Stint (1)
Long-toed Stint (59+)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (2)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
18/01/2020 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Pacific Golden Plover (4)
Common Greenshank (76)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (280)
Pectoral Sandpiper (2)
Curlew Sandpiper (106)
Red-necked Stint (500)
Whiskered Tern (64)
Wilson Inlet (Denmark)
15/01/2020 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Pied Honeyeater (1)
Black Honeyeater (2)
Wearne Rd, North Bannister (Wandering)
15/01/2020 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Black Honeyeater (2) Summer Track (Wandering)
01/09/2019 Ken Tracy Royal Spoonbill (1) Len Howard Conservation Park (Erskine)

 

Arid Zone (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

04/03/2020 Stewart Ford & John Graff Australian Shelduck (2) Fortescue River crossing, Marble Bar Rd (East Pilbara)
24/02/2020 George Swann, Rohan Clarke et al. Bulwer's Petrel (24)
Streaked Shearwater (4)
Great Frigatebird (13)
Red-tailed Tropicbird (1)
Cloates Canyon and Cape Range Canyon, offshore North-West Cape (Exmouth)
23/02/2020 George Swann, Rohan Clarke et al. Bulwer's Petrel (4)
Streaked Shearwater (2)
shelf edge offshore Carnarvon (Carnarvon)
23/02/2020 George Swann, Rohan Clarke et al. Red-tailed Tropicbird (1) NW of Bernier Island (Carnarvon)
14/11/2019 Allan Throne White-fronted Chat (2) Exmouth Sewage Treatment Plant (Exmouth)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

27/01/2020 Beryl Ah Chee Cicadabird (2) garden, Derby (Derby-West Kimberley)

 

Australian Indian Ocean Territories


Ashmore Reef

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Christmas Island

Date Observers Species

Location

 

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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