Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings (WABN 170)

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 170 (June 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

16/03/2019 Brad Maryan & Glen Gaikhorst Wood Sandpiper (3) Lake Walyungup (Warnbro)
15/03/2019 Mark Binns Wandering Whistling-Duck (1)
Wood Sandpiper (8)
North Lake (North Lake)
14/03/2019 Brad Maryan BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1) Lake Walyungup (Warnbro)
10/03/2019 Sue Abbotts Wandering Whistling-Duck (1) Lake Monger (Glendalough)
10/03/2019 Martin Greenwood Wedge-tailed Eagle (1) Pipidinny Road (Eglinton)
07/03/2019 Wynton Maddeford et al. Australian Little Bittern (1 juvenile) Neil Hawkins Park, Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
07/03/2019 Mark Binns Chestnut Teal (1) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
07/03/2019 Des Moran Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (1) over Perth Zoo (South Perth)
06/03/2019 John Baas Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (1) Lake Monger (Glendalough)
05/03/2019 Sue Abbotts et al. Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (50+) Lake Monger (Glendalough)
05/03/2019 Nick Hart via Facebook Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (35+) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
05/03/2019 Karl Seddon Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (30+) Woodman Point (Munster)
05/03/2019 Mark Binns Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (c. 12) South Beach (Fremantle)
05/03/2019 Ian Abbott Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (c. 8) Monument Hill (Mosman Park)
05/03/2019 Ken Glasson Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (8) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
05/03/2019 Ross Jones Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (2) small suburban lake (Byford)
04/03/2019 Frank O'Connor via Facebook Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (42) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
04/03/2019 Brenton Laslett et al. via Facebook Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (12)
EURASIAN HOBBY (1)
North Lake (North Lake)
04/03/2019 Dan Mantle via Facebook Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (4) Picnic Cove, Lake Joondalup (Edgewater)
04/03/2019 Brenton Laslett via Facebook Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (2) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
04/03/2019 Mark Newman Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (1) Golden Bay (Golden Bay)
04/03/2019 John Graff Banded Stilt (~3,000)
Long-toed Stint (4)
Austin Bay NR (South Yunderup)
04/03/2019 John Malone via Allan Burbidge Hooded Plover (1) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
03/03/2019 John Nilson European Goldfinch (1, origin uncertain) lake at cnr Rossiter Av & Armadale Rd (Piara Waters)
03/03/2019 Pauline Woolley Spotted Harrier (1) Paterson Rd (Rockingham)
03/03/2019 John Graff Freckled Duck (13)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
03/03/2019 Ian Abbott Little Egret (1)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (8)
Lake Jualbup (Shenton Park)
02/03/2019 Ian Abbott Yellow-billed Spoonbill (14) Mabel Talbot Park (Jolimont)
01/03/2019 Ken Glasson Grey-tailed Tattler (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
28/02/2019 Gary Tate Spotted Harrier (1) Ascot Racecourse (Ascot)
27/02/2019 Mark Newman & Lochy Newman Eastern Reef Egret [Pacific Reef Heron] (1) Long Point, Port Kennedy beach (Port Kennedy)
25/02/2019 Mark Newman & Sarah Miller Sanderling (15)
Great Knot (5)
Pacific Gull (2)
Spotted Harrier (1)
Long Point, Port Kennedy beach (Port Kennedy)
25/02/2019 Gary Tate Square-tailed Kite (1)
Little Eagle (1)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (2)
'Big Paddock', NW Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
24/02/2019 John Graff Banded Stilt (5,000)
Long-toed Stint (1)
Creery Wetlands (Mariner's Cove)
16/02/2019 Tony Richards Oriental (Crested) Honey-Buzzard (1) Joondalup Drive near Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
14/02/2019 David & Pam Free Banded Stilt (1) Lake Claremont (Claremont)
12/02/2019 Clive Nealon & Claire Gerrish Banded Stilt (4)
Red-necked Avocet (35)
Lake Claremont (Claremont)
11/02/2019 Sue Abbotts via Facebook COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman) - 0630 nr Moondine Dr
10/02/2019 Geoff Collis Hooded Plover (1) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
09/02/2019 William Betts et al. via Facebook COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
08/02/2019 Sacha Ruoss et al. COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
07/02/2019 via Facebook COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman) - seen in morning
06/02/2019 Steve Reynolds, Plaxy Barratt et al. COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman) - nr Moondine Dr
06/02/2019 Nigel Jackett & Stewart Ford Wandering Whistling-Duck (1) North Lake (North Lake)
06/02/2019 Tony Richards et al. Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
05/02/2019 Tony Richards Black-tailed Godwit (2) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
03/02/2019 Benjamin Hicks et al. COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
02/02/2019 Jim Schultz et al. COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
02/02/2019 David Secomb Spotted Harrier (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
02/02/2019 David Secomb Australian Masked Owl (heard) Jarrahdale (Jarrahdale)
01/02/2019 Geoffrey Groom et al. via Facebook Long-toed Stint (2)
COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
31/01/2019 Linda Giblett Banded Stilt (2,316) Coodanup Reserve (Coodanup)
25-31/01/2019 David Brauhart via Facebook COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman) - nr Moondine Dr
30/01/2019 Geoffrey Groom via Facebook Long-toed Stint (2) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
30/01/2019 Mark Binns Buff-banded Rail (15)
Australian Spotted Crake (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2)
Great Knot (2)
Red Knot (7)
Red-necked Stint (9)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
28/01/2019 Chris Kowalski Oriental (Crested) Honey-Buzzard (2) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
28/01/2019 Ken Glasson Sooty Oystercatcher (2) Point Peron (Peron)
28/01/2019 Ken Glasson Chestnut Teal (3; 1 male, 2 female) Len Howard Reserve (Erskine)
26/01/2019 Benjamin Hicks et al. Oriental (Crested) Honey-Buzzard (2) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
22/01/2019 Clive Nealon & Claire Gerrish COLLARED PRATINCOLE (1) Point Walter (Bicton)
22/01/2019 Geoffrey Groom Red-necked Phalarope (1) Lake Baghdad (Rottnest Island)
21/01/2019 Mark Binns Buff-banded Rail (6)
Little Egret (1)
Great Knot (6)
Red Knot (6)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
19/01/2019 Peter Taylor et al. Common Noddy (1) Penguin Island (Shoalwater)
18/01/2019 Garry Deering & Geoffrey Groom WHITE WAGTAIL (1) Garden Lake (Rottnest Island)
18/01/2019 Garry Deering & Geoffrey Groom Red-necked Phalarope (1) Lake Baghdad (Rottnest Island)
16/01/2019 Chris Young et al. WHITE WAGTAIL (1) Garden Lake (Rottnest Island)
16/01/2019 Ian Pibworth Oriental (Crested) Honey-Buzzard (3) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
15/01/2019 Mark Coates via Facebook WHITE WAGTAIL (1) Garden Lake (Rottnest Island)
15/01/2019 Ian Pibworth Sooty Oystercatcher (1) Two Rocks dog beach (Two Rocks)
12/01/2019 Peter Taylor et al. Australian Little Bittern (1 seen) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
04/01/2019 Chris Kowalski Oriental (Crested) Honey-Buzzard (1) Yanchep NP (Yanchep)

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

Date Observers Species

Location

10/03/2019 Jen Donegan White-fronted Honeyeater (several) Drummond NR, cnr of Mount Road (Toodyay)
10/03/2019 Jen Donegan White-fronted Honeyeater (2) Bewmalling Reserve, Old Plains Rd (Toodyay)
09/03/2019 Linda Giblett & Steve Elson Australian Spotted Crake (3)
Spotless Crake (6)
Black-tailed Native-hen (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Great Knot (4)
Marsh Sandpiper (7)
Wood Sandpiper (3)
Pectoral Sandpiper (2)
Curlew Sandpiper (50)
Long-toed Stint (35)
Masked Lapwing (2 ssp. novaehollandiae)
Whiskered Tern (6)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
08/03/2019 Clive Nealon, Sue Abbotts et al. Ruff (2) Lake McLarty (Murray)
04/03/2019 John Graff Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (10)
Australian Spotted Crake (4)
Spotless Crake (10)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Marsh Sandpiper (3)
Wood Sandpiper (7)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1,500)
Pectoral Sandpiper (8)
Long-toed Stint (25)
Masked Lapwing (2 ssp. novaehollandiae)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
02/03/2019 Bill Russell Banded Stilt (~5,500)
Pacific Golden Plover (2)
Red-necked Stint (750+)
Lake Preston at Preston Beach (Waroona)
27/02/2019 Peter Taylor et al. via Facebook Grey Wagtail (1) Beedelup Falls (Manjimup)
26/02/2019 Steve Reynolds via Facebook BARAU'S PETREL (1) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
26/02/2019 Ray Walker Black-tailed Godwit (1) Wonnerup Estuary wetlands (Busselton)
23-24/02/2019 Jen Donegan, Pam Masters et al. Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Cunderdin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Cunderdin)
23/02/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Pacific Golden Plover (18)
Double-banded Plover (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (4)
Common Greenshank (76)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (300)
Pectoral Sandpiper (2)
Curlew Sandpiper (140)
Morley Beach, Wilson Inlet (Denmark/Albany)
22/02/2019 Dan Mantle Purple-crowned Lorikeet (1 beyond shelf edge) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
21/02/2019 Phil Lewis Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Cunderdin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Cunderdin)
20/02/2019 Dan Mantle, Plaxy Barratt et al. White-chinned Petrel (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (1 beyond shelf edge)
Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
20/02/2019 Phil Lewis Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Cunderdin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Cunderdin)
18/02/2019 John Nilson Grey-tailed Tattler (2)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (19)
The Esplanade, adjacent to Thorne St, Lower King (Albany)
17/02/2019 Dan Mantle, Plaxy Barratt et al. Sooty Albatross (1) Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
16/02/2019 Bill Russell White-necked Heron (2)
Glossy Ibis (2)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (55)
farm wetland west of Waroona (Waroona)
10/02/2019 David Secomb Ruff (1)
Long-toed Stint (3)
Lake Norring (Wagin)
09/02/2019 BirdLife WA Photogroup Excursion (Jim Schultz et al.) Baillon's Crake (1)
Australian Spotted Crake (12+)
Spotless Crake (8+)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
08/02/2019 Jamie Huxtable & Machi Yoshida, via Plaxy Barratt CHATHAM ALBATROSS (1) (photographed, 1st for WA) Bremer Canyon (Jerramungup)
03/02/2019 BirdLife WA Excursion (Bill Russell et al.) Wood Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (2)
Long-toed Stint (2)
European Goldfinch (2)
Wandalup Ponds, Nambeelup (Murray) [private property]
03/02/2019 Bill Russell & Bob Paterson Eastern Cattle Egret (27) Wandalup Ponds, Nambeelup (Murray) [private property]
03/02/2019 Bill Russell Eastern Cattle Egret (6) nr Pinjarra (Murray)
02/02/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Red-necked Stint (300+)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Masked Lapwing (1)
Gull-billed Tern (1 ssp. affinis)
Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
30/01/2019 Peter Morris Long-toed Stint (15+) Lake McLarty (Murray)
25/01/2019 Peter Morris Baillon's Crake (1)
Australian Spotted Crake (2)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
24/01/2019 John Graff Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (13)
Great-winged Petrel (3)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (1,500+)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (5)
Sooty Shearwater (2)
Short-tailed Shearwater (1)
Hutton's Shearwater (42)
Cape Naturaliste (Busselton)
23/01/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Long-toed Stint (2) Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
22/01/2019 Ken Glasson Baillon's Crake (3)
Australian Spotted Crake (10)
Spotless Crake (2)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Red-kneed Dotterel (1)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
20/01/2019 Frank Mancini via Raeline Smith & Anne Bondin SABINE'S GULL (1) Cheyne Beach (Albany)
20/01/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett White-winged Black Tern (1) Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
19/01/2019 Dan Mantle et al Southern Royal Albatross (1)
Streaked Shearwater (1)
CORY'S SHEARWATER (1)
Bremer Canyon, offshore Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
19/01/2019 Plaxy Barratt et al. SABINE'S GULL (1) Bremer Bay Harbour (Jerramungup)
19/01/2019 Steve Elson & David Secomb via Linda Giblett Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Kelp Gull (1)
Gull-billed Tern (1)
Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
18/01/2019 via Facebook SABINE'S GULL (1) Bremer Bay Harbour (Jerramungup)
18/01/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Masked Lapwing (2) Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
18/01/2019 John Graff Grey Teal (6,000+)
Pied Stilt (2,200+)
Banded Stilt (11,000+)
Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary (Busselton)
17/01/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Black-faced Cormorant (1)
SABINE'S GULL (1)
Bremer Bay Harbour (Jerramungup)
17/01/2019 Peter Taylor et al. SABINE'S GULL (1) Bremer Bay Harbour (Jerramungup)
17/01/2019 Peter Taylor et al. Gull-billed Tern (1 ssp. affinis) Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
17/01/2019 John Graff Australian Masked Owl (1 heard) Tuart Forest NP (Busselton)
15/01/2019 Keith Lightbody via Plaxy Barratt SABINE'S GULL (1) Bremer Bay Harbour (Jerramungup)
14/01/2019 Peter Taylor et al. Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Wagin sewage ponds (Wagin)
14/01/2019 Peter Taylor et al. White-backed Swallow (2) Gt Southern Hwy, just S of Arthur River Crossing (Wagin)
13/01/2019 David Secomb Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (573)
Long-toed Stint (7)
Western Corella (23)
Wagin Lake (Wagin)
12/01/2019 David Secomb Pacific Golden Plover (1) Lake Coyrecup (Katanning)

 

Arid Zone (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

14/03/2019 Chris Young RED-THROATED PIPIT (1) opposite Auski Inland Motel (Meekatharra)
10/03/2019 Les George Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1) 20km S of Carnarvon (Carnarvon)
09/03/2019 Aiden Williams RED-THROATED PIPIT (1) opposite Auski Inland Motel (Meekatharra)
02/03/2019 Les George Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1) Chinaman Pool (Carnarvon)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

07-09/02/2019 Bruce Greatwich, George Swann et al. FAIRY PITTA (1) (found injured, released, then found dead (predated?)) Matso's adjacent gardens, Broome (Broome)
25/01/2019 Nigel Jackett et al. House Swift (1)
all-dark swiftlet sp. (1)
Entrance Point (Broome)

 

Australian Indian Ocean Territories


Ashmore Reef

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Christmas Island

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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