Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings (WABN 173)

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 173 (March 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


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

05-06/12/2019 Ron Priemus via Mark Blythman Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (1) Thompson Bay settlement (Rottnest Island)
04/12/2019 Nick Brown Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (1 heard and seen) Secret Harbour Golf Course (Secret Harbour) - lake viewable from Bancoura Parkway, bird can be seen at dusk
01/12/2019 Jason Abuso Eurasian Hobby (1) North Lake (North Lake)
01/12/2019 Wynton Maddeford Australian King Parrot (1 female, presumed aviary escapee) Heathcote (Applecross)
30/11/2019 BirdLife WA Excursion (Clive Nealon et al.) Black-eared Cuckoo (1)
Red-eared Firetail (1)
Walyunga NP (Bullsbrook)
29/11/2019 Bill Rutherford Crimson Chat (1) Kewdale area (Kewdale) [private access]
25/11/2019 Linda Giblett Greater Sand Plover (1)
Great Knot (100)
Red Knot (100+)
Grey-tailed Tattler (5)
Terek Sandpiper (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (500+)
Curlew Sandpiper (300+)
Red-necked Stint (800+)
Nairns (Coodanup)
24/11/2019 Mark Binns Red Knot (26) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
24/11/2019 Mark Newman Greater Sand Plover (10) Long Point, Port Kennedy beach (Port Kennedy)
24/11/2019 Ken Glasson Greater Sand Plover (2)
Great Knot (5)
Ruddy Turnstone (8)
Nairns (Coodanup)
21/11/2019 Linda Giblett Bar-tailed Godwit (17)
Great Knot (30+)
Red Knot (20+)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (7)
Grey-tailed Tattler (1)
Curlew Sandpiper (288)
Red-necked Stint (409)
Nairns (Coodanup)
19/11/2019 Gary Tate & Geoff Groom Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (2)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1)
Lake Joondalup (Joondalup) - seen from NE part of lake
18/11/2019 Plaxy Barratt, Dan Mantle et al. Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (2) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup) - seen from NE part of lake
17/11/2019 Martin Greenwood White-necked Heron (1) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
13/11/2019 Martin Greenwood Wedge-tailed Eagle (2) Bernard Rd (Carabooda)
12/11/2019 Linda Giblett Eastern Curlew (1)
Bar-tailed Godwit (8)
Grey-tailed Tattler (5)
Terek Sandpiper (1)
Curlew Sandpiper (80)
Red-necked Stint (150)
Nairns (Coodanup)
11/11/2019 Ken Glasson Bar-tailed Godwit (6)
Red Knot (6)
Grey-tailed Tattler (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (15)
Curlew Sandpiper (30)
Red-necked Stint (c. 300)
Nairns (Coodanup)
10/11/2019 Vaughn Chapple via Rory Chapple Beach Stone-curlew (1) Carnac Island (Cockburn)
08/11/2019 Robyn Pickering via Facebook Black-eared Cuckoo (2) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
05/11/2019 John Newnham White-necked Heron (7) Stirling Road swamp (Forrestdale)
04/11/2019 Vicki Stokes Bar-tailed Godwit (6)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (3)
Grey-tailed Tattler (3)
Terek Sandpiper (1)
Curlew Sandpiper (7)
Red-necked Stint (100)
Nairns (Coodanup)
03/11/2019 Dan Mantle & Plaxy Barratt Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (2 heard) Herdsman Lake, nr wildlife centre (Herdsman)
03/11/2019 Martin Greenwood White-backed Swallow (8) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
03/11/2019 John Graff Wood Sandpiper (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (60)
Curlew Sandpiper (6)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Red-necked Stint (140)
Long-toed Stint (6)
Red-kneed Dotterel (3)
Whiskered Tern (2)
Forrestdale Lake (Forrestdale)
03/11/2019 John Graff Greater Sand Plover (4)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (120)
Red-necked Stint (2,000)
Long-toed Stint (4)
Austin Bay NR (South Yunderup)
01/11/2019 John Baas Budgerigar (1) Gosnells Rd East (Orange Grove)
01/11/2019 Martin Greenwood Banded Lapwing (2) wasteland behind Dan Murphys, off Marmion Av (Butler)
30/10/2019 Wynton Maddeford Peregrine Falcon (1) Kwinana Fwy nr Mortimer Rd (Bertram)
30/10/2019 Robyn Pickering Western Corella (2) Herdsman Lake, nr Moondine Dr (Herdsman)
29/10/2019 Ken Glasson Budgerigar (1)
White-winged Triller (10)
Gosnells Rd East (Orange Grove)
27/10/2019 Dan Mantle White-necked Heron (30)
Long-toed Stint (1)

White-fronted Honeyeater (1)
Forrestdale Lake (Forrestdale)
27/10/2019 Dan Mantle Budgerigar (1) Gosnells Rd East (Orange Grove)
27/10/2019 Mark Newman et al. Common Noddy (1) Point Peron (Peron)
27/10/2019 Mark Newman et al. Pacific Gull (1)
Lesser Sand Plover (2)
Greater Sand Plover (10)
Sanderling (50+)
Long Point, Port Kennedy beach (Port Kennedy)
27/10/2019 Mark Newman et al. Black-tailed Godwit (2)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Terek Sandpiper (4)
The Chimneys (Erskine)
26/10/2019 Linda Giblett Terek Sandpiper (2)
Grey-tailed Tattler (6)
Ruddy Turnstone (14)
Nairns (Coodanup)
26/10/2019 Stewart Ford et al. Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (2 heard) Herdsman Lake, nr wildlife centre (Herdsman)
26/10/2019 Ken Glasson Long-billed Corella (2 pair nesting in eucalypt) Champion Lakes (Champion Lakes)
24/10/2019 Dan Mantle Long-toed Stint (8)
White-fronted Honeyeater (2)
Forrestdale Lake (Forrestdale)
24/10/2019 Dan Mantle Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (2 heard) Herdsman Lake, nr wildlife centre (Herdsman)
22/10/2019 Mark Binns Intermediate Egret (1)
White-necked Heron (1)
North Lake (North Lake)
22/10/2019 Dan Mantle Long-toed Stint (2) Forrestdale Lake (Forrestdale)
19/10/2019 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Grey-tailed Tattler (4 juveniles) Point Dundas (Applecross)
19/10/2019 John Newnham Grey-tailed Tattler (1) Woodman Point (Munster)
15/10/2019 John Newnham White-necked Heron (3) Stirling Road swamp (Forrestdale)
14/10/2019 Ken Glasson et al. Eastern Cattle Egret (1)
Little Egret (3)
Clydesdale Reserve (South Perth)
14/10/2019 Anon. Australian Hobby (1 caught Laughing Dove) Yokine (Yokine)
13/10/2019 Jordan Webber Freckled Duck (1)
Intermediate Egret (1)
North Lake (North Lake)
12/10/2019 Bill Rutherford Grey-tailed Tattler (2)
Ruddy Turnstone (8)
Curlew Sandpiper (160)
Red-necked Stint (295)
Nairns (Coodanup)
12/10/2019 Keith Wilcox White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1) Lake Monger (Glendalough)
12/10/2019 Martin Greenwood White-necked Heron (2) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
11/10/2019 Mark Binns Grey-tailed Tattler (1)
Red-necked Stint (10)
Alfred Cove (Attadale)
05/10/2019 Kevin Horner Terek Sandpiper (3) Nairns (Coodanup)

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

Date Observers Species

Location

05/12/2019 June Morrison Grey-tailed Tattler (22) Rushy Point (Albany) - present since 21st November
01/12/2019 Dan Mantle Wood Sandpiper (17)
Pectoral Sandpiper (15+)
Long-toed Stint (30+)
Lake McLarty (Murray)
30/11/2019 Mike Lawrie Terek Sandpiper (1) Greenough River mouth (Geraldton-Greenough)
30/11/2019 Jordan Webber via Facebook Broad-billed Sandpiper (1) Leschenault Estuary at Cathedral Ave, Australind (Harvey)
28/11/2019 Don Carlson Terek Sandpiper (7)
Red-necked Stint (400+)
Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Harvey)
25/11/2019 Peter Morris Broad-billed Sandpiper (1) Leschenault Estuary at Cathedral Ave, Australind (Harvey)
24/11/2019 Lee Raper via Facebook Broad-billed Sandpiper (1) Leschenault Estuary at Cathedral Ave, Australind (Harvey)
24/11/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (120)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Red-necked Stint (80)
Long-toed Stint (18)
Red-kneed Dotterel (24)
Rubbish Tip Lake (Wagin)
24/11/2019 Bill Russell Grey-tailed Tattler (6) (St.) Martin's Tank (Waroona)
21/11/2019 Ken Glasson Red Knot (15)
Whiskered Tern (12)
Ocean Beach (Denmark)
20/11/2019 Ken Glasson Red Knot (30)
Whiskered Tern (4)
Ocean Beach (Denmark)
18/11/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Pacific Golden Plover (2)
Whimbrel (3)
Red-necked Stint (300+)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
16/11/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Grey Teal (3,000+)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (76)
Red-necked Stint (150)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Rubbish Tip Lake (Wagin)
14/11/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Fairy Martin (210) Bremer Bay (Jerramungup)
14/11/2019 Peter Morris Terek Sandpiper (6) Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Harvey)
14/11/2019 Mark Binns White-headed Petrel (1 beachwashed) Point Ann, Fitzgerald River NP (Ravensthorpe)
08/11/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Cockatiel (2) Meechi Rd (Jerramungup)
07/11/2019 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Banded Stilt (c. 2,000)
Terek Sandpiper (1)
Lake Preston at Myalup (Harvey)
06/11/2019 Tony France Pacific Emerald Dove (1, aviary escapee) garden, Myalup (Harvey)
05/11/2019 Tony France Pacific Emerald Dove (1, aviary escapee) garden, Myalup (Harvey)
04/11/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Whimbrel (3)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (35)
Red-necked Stint (120+)
Whiskered Tern (23)
Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
02/11/2019 Samuel Lundin via Facebook Wandering Albatross [sp.] (2)
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (25)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (3 immature)
Shy Albatross (14)
giant-petrel sp. (1)
Great-winged Petrel (1)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (c. 100)
Hutton's Shearwater (12)
Cape Naturaliste (Dunsborough) - 0520-0745
01/11/2019 Stewart Ford & John Graff Wandering (Snowy) Albatross (1)
Wandering Albatross [sp.] (2)
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (37)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (10 immature)
Grey-headed Albatross (1 adult)
Shy Albatross (23)
Sooty Albatross (2)
Southern Giant-Petrel (1)
Northern Giant-Petrel (6)
Grey Petrel (1)
Great-winged Petrel (3+)
BARAU'S PETREL (1)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (1,500)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (2+)
Hutton's Shearwater (17)
Bridled Tern (3)
Cape Naturaliste (Dunsborough) - 0700-1200
31/10/2019 John Graff Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (18)
Black-browed Albatross [sp.] (1 immature)
Shy Albatross (8)
Grey Petrel (1)
Great-winged Petrel (2+)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (2,400)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (500)
Hutton's Shearwater (55)
Arctic Jaeger (1)
Cape Naturaliste (Dunsborough) - 0830-1530
30/10/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Whimbrel (3)
Red-necked Stint (75)
Whiskered Tern (14)
Wellstead Estuary (Jerramungup)
27/10/2019 Mark Newman et al. Malleefowl (1) Dryandra Woodland (Williams)
27/10/2019 Lochlan Newman et al. Crimson Chat (2) nr Dryandra Woodland (Williams)
27/10/2019 Tony France Pacific Emerald Dove (1, aviary escapee) garden, Myalup (Harvey)
26/10/2019 Lochlan Newman et al. Crimson Chat (1) nr Dryandra Woodland (Williams)
24/10/2019 John Anderson Common Gull-billed Tern (1) Ocean Beach (Denmark)
20/10/2019 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Greater Sand Plover (2)
Grey-tailed Tattler (2)
Ruddy Turnstone (6)
Sanderling (1)
Lake Preston at Myalup (Harvey)
18/10/2019 Alfred & Hidi Lau Fairy Tern (60+) Leschenault Estuary, Australind (Harvey)
13/10/2019 Bill Russell, Ken Monson & Bob Paterson Wood Sandpiper (6)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Wandalup Ponds, Nambeelup (Murray) [private access]
10/10/2019 Peter Taylor et al. via Facebook Beach Stone-curlew (1) Cheyne Beach (Albany)
08/10/2019 Steve Elson via Linda Giblett Rock Parrot (75) Bremer Bay sports oval (Jerramungup)
04/10/2019 Dennis Rhodes Regent Parrot (6-7) Wingebellup/Frankland River Bridge (Cranbrook)

 

Arid Zone (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

24/11/2019 Saul Cowen Long-toed Stint (3) Dirk Hartog Island (Shark Bay)
18/11/2019 Stewart Ford & Nigel Jackett EURASIAN TEAL (1 male)
Wood Sandpiper (105)
South Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant (Port Hedland)
18/11/2019 Les George Little Curlew (43)
Banded Lapwing (30)
Festival Grounds (Carnarvon)
15/11/2019 John Graff, Josh Keen et al. EURASIAN TEAL (1 male)
Wood Sandpiper (70+)
South Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant (Port Hedland)
14-15/11/2019 Frank O'Connor, Plaxy Barratt & Tegan Douglas Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (850)
Banded Stilt (5,800+)
Oriental Plover (1,400+)
Ruff (2)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2,900+)
Red-necked Stint
Red-capped Plover (1,500+)
Little Tern (368)
Port Hedland Saltworks (Port Hedland) [private access]
14/11/2019 Frank O'Connor, Plaxy Barratt & Tegan Douglas Oriental Pratincole (10) Port Hedland Racecourse (Port Hedland)
14/11/2019 John Graff & Josh Keen Grey Falcon (1) Great Sandy Desert (East Pilbara)
13/11/2019 Plaxy Barratt, Tegan Douglas & Frank O'Connor Chestnut Teal (1) South Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant (Port Hedland)
11-12/11/2019 Frank O'Connor, Plaxy Barratt & Tegan Douglas Banded Stilt (1,000+)
Red-capped Plover (2,300+)
Crimson Chat (27)
Tree Martin (1,000+)
Dampier Saltworks (Roebourne) [private access]
26/10/2019 Kelly Rayner Painted Button-quail (2) Dirk Hartog Island (Shark Bay)
24/10/2019 Kelly Rayner Oriental Plover (2) Surf Point turn-off, Dirk Hartog Island (Shark Bay)
06/10/2019 Ray Walker Striated Grasswren (1+ ssp. oweni) 20km W of Sandstone (Sandstone)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

22/11/2019 Nigel Jackett et al. Inland Dotterel (1) Eighty Mile Beach (Broome)
21 & 23/10/2019 Adrian Boyle, Nyil Khwaja et al. Grey Wagtail (1) Roebuck Plains (Broome)

 

Australian Indian Ocean Territories


Ashmore Reef

Date Observers Species

Location


 

Christmas Island

Date Observers Species

Location

 

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Date Observers Species

Location

 

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