Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings (WABN 177)

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 177 (March 2021). 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

26/11/2020 Geoffrey Groom et al. via Facebook Hudsonian Godwit (1) Austin Bay NR (South Yunderup)
25/11/2020 Joe Russell & Geoffrey Groom via Facebook Hudsonian Godwit (1) Austin Bay NR (South Yunderup)
25/11/2020 Mark Binns Square-tailed Kite (1) North Lake (North Lake)
24/11/2020 Geoffrey Groom via Facebook Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (2) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup) - NW corner
24/11/2020 Mark Binns Glossy Ibis (80+) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
19/11/2020 Ken Glasson Grey-tailed Tattler (2) Point Dundas (Applecross)
18/11/2020 Lee Beavis via Facebook Hudsonian Godwit (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
16/11/2020 Mark Binns Intermediate (Plumed) Egret (1)
Common Sandpiper (1)
North Lake (North Lake)
16/11/2020 Wynton Maddeford Willie Wagtail (1 leucistic) Tomato Lake (Kewdale)
15/11/2020 John Edmond et al. HUDSONIAN GODWIT (1) Long Point, Port Kennedy beach (Port Kennedy)
15/11/2020 John Graff Intermediate (Plumed) Egret (1) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
12/11/2020 Geoffrey Groom via Facebook pale 'marsh harrier' (ID under discussion) - still present Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
11/11/2020 Lorraine & ROss Marshall Red-necked Stint (1 - flagged in NW WA) Government House Lake (Rottnest Island)
07/11/2020 Mark Newman Great Knot (4)
Greater Sand Plover (2)
Lesser Sand Plover (1)
Long Point, Port Kennedy beach (Port Kennedy)
07/11/2020 Drew Davison et al. Terek Sandpiper (1) Lake Claremont (Claremont)
07/11/2020 Drew Davison et al. Red-capped Robin (1 juv.) Gosnell Rd East (Orange Grove)
07/11/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Reef Heron [Eastern Reef Egret] (1) Two Rocks Marina (Two Rocks)
05/11/2020 Martin Greenwood Western Rosella (1) Yonderup Lake (Yanchep)
05/11/2020 Mark Binns Gallinago sp. snipe (1, possible Latham's)
White-necked Heron (2)
Intermediate (Plumed) Egret (1)
North Lake (North Lake)
31/10/2020 Drew Davison White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Red-kneed Dotterel
Lake Claremont (Claremont)
30/10/2020 Mark Binns White-necked Heron (2)
Intermediate (Plumed) Egret (1)
North Lake (North Lake)
29/10/2020 Drew Davison Terek Sandpiper (1) Lake Claremont (Claremont)
25/10/2020 Ross Brown Terek Sandpiper (1) Lake Claremont (Claremont)
25/10/2020 Mark Binns Black-tailed Godwit (2) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
25/10/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Gull (1) Two Rocks (Two Rocks)
24/10/2020 Drew Davison Royal Spoonbill (1) Goegrup Lake Nature Reserve (Goegrup)
24/10/2020 BirdLife WA Excursion (Drew Davison et al.) Pacific Golden Plover (1)
Red Knot (4+)
The Chimneys (Erskine)
23/10/2020 Mark Binns Grey-tailed Tattler (1) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
22/10/2020 BirdLife WA Excursion (David Free et al.) Terek Sandpiper (1) Lake Claremont (Claremont) - very unusual on freshwater in SW
19/10/2020 Jan & Dave Crossley Square-tailed Kite (1) Woodman Point (Munster)
17/10/2020 Alfred & Hidi Lau Royal Spoonbill (1) Bardoc Reserve (Greenfields)
15/10/2020 Martin Greenwood Square-tailed Kite (2)
White-backed Swallow (8)
Hopkins Road (Carabooda)
15/10/2020 Martin Greenwood Nankeen Night Heron (18) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep) - high count for location
14/10/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Reef Heron [Eastern Reef Egret] (1) Two Rocks Marina (Two Rocks)
11/10/2020 Drew Davison et al. pale 'marsh' harrier sp. (1 - ID under discussion) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
10/10/2020 John Graff et al. White-bellied Sea-Eagle (pair)
pale 'marsh' harrier sp. (1 - ID under discussion)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
09/10/2020 Dan Mantle et al. pale 'marsh' harrier sp. (1 - ID under discussion) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
08/10/2020 John Taylor Nankeen Night Heron (1) South Mole (Fremantle) at 9:30am
07/10/2020 John Nilson Glossy Ibis (3) paddock E of Taylor Rd (Forrestdale)
06/10/2020 Martin Greenwood Lesser Sand Plover (1) Two Rocks Beach (Two Rocks)
06/10/2020 John Nilson White-necked Heron (1)
Glossy Ibis (1)
paddock E of Taylor Rd (Forrestdale)
04/10/2020 Martin Greenwood Yellow-throated Miner (4) Carramar Golf Course (Carramar)
01/10/2020 Drew Davison & Claire Gerrish Little Eagle (1)
White-winged Fairy-wren (3+)
White-winged Triller (4)
Hopkins Road (Carabooda)
27/09/2020 Drew Davison & Geoffrey Groom pale 'marsh' harrier sp. (1 - ID under discussion)
Whiskered Tern (30+)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
27/09/2020 John Graff Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (1 heard)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (pair)
pale 'marsh' harrier sp. (1 - ID under discussion)

Whiskered Tern (28)
Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
27/09/2020 Terry Booth via Martin Greenwood Chestnut Teal (1) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)

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

Date Observers Species

Location

25/11/2020 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Black-tailed Godwit (4) Lake McLarty (Murray)
23/11/2020 Gary Tate Terek Sandpiper (1) Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Australind)
22/10/2020 John Graff & Nathan Beerkens Greater Sand Plover (1)
Terek Sandpiper (1-2)
Red-necked Stint (500+)
Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Australind)
22/10/2020 John Graff & Nathan Beerkens Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (1 heard) Big Swamp (Bunbury)
19/10/2020 John Graff & Nathan Beerkens Black-backed [Australian Little] Bittern (1 heard) Big Swamp (Bunbury)
18/10/2020 Mark Newman Gallinago sp. Snipe (possible Latham's) (1) Lake McLarty (Murray)
15/10/2020 Alfred & Hidi Lau Wood Sandpiper (6) Stirling Estate Wetlands (Capel)
10/10/2020 Alfred & Hidi Lau Terek Sandpiper (1)
Red-necked Stint (190+)
Fairy Tern (40+)
Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Australind)
08/10/2020 Drew Davison Pacific [Fork-tailed] Swift (1)
Whiskered Tern (1)
Avon Weir (Northam)

Arid Zone (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

17/10/2020 Mark Binns Freckled Duck (35) Credo Station (Coolgardie)
10/10/2020 Mark Binns, Mark Henryon & Peter White Inland Dotterel (1) Fraser Range (Dundas)
c. 20/09/2020 Damian Juniper Eastern Osprey (1) Karara minesite, 60km E of Morawa (Perenjori)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

21/11/2020 Jake Bazelmans & Dan Herbert (Diversity Charters) DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER (1) Rowley Shoals, offshore Broome - landed on boat
14/11/2020 Frank O'Connor Eurasian Curlew (1) Roebuck Bay, nr Crab Creek (Broome)
13/11/2020 Nathan Beerkens, Frank O'Connor et al. Channel-billed Cuckoo (1) Sandfire Roadhouse (Broome)
11/11/2020 George Swann, Nigel Jackett et al. Common Noddy (~42,0000)
Roseate Tern (~34,0000)
West Island, Lacepedes (Broome)
04/11/2020 John Graff, Nigel Jackett et al. Abbott's Booby (1) c. 15nm SW of Scott Reef (Derby-West Kimberley)
02/11/2020 Beryl Ah Chee Black Swan Munnkyarra Lagoon (Derby-West Kimberley)
30/10/2020 Frank O'Connor via Facebook Dusky Honeyeater (1) Discovery Parks, Lake Kununurra (Wyndham-East Kimberley)
23-24/10/2020 Adrian Boyle & Linda Bird BROWN-STREAKED FLYCATCHER (1) Sandfire Roadhouse (Broome)
20/10/2020 Dan Herbert et al. (Diversity Charters) PALLAS' GRASSHOPPER-WARBLER (1) c. 5nm W of Mermaid Reef, offshore Broome - landed on boat
14/10/2020 Nigel Jackett et al. BROWN-STREAKED FLYCATCHER (1) Sandfire Roadhouse (Broome)
11/10/2020 Bruce Greatwich et al. BROWN-STREAKED FLYCATCHER (1) Sandfire Roadhouse (Broome)
10/10/2020 Bruce Greatwich et al. BROWN-STREAKED FLYCATCHER (1) Sandfire Roadhouse (Broome)
10/10/2020 George Swann Little Ringed Plover (1) Crescent Lake (Broome) [restricted access]
09/10/2020 Bruce Greatwich, Nigel Jackett et al. BROWN-STREAKED FLYCATCHER (1) Sandfire Roadhouse (Broome)

Australian Indian Ocean Territories


Ashmore Reef

Date Observers Species

Location

09/11/2020 Nigel Jackett, John Graff et al. Arctic Warbler (1)
Arctic-type Warbler (1+)
Ashy-bellied White-eye (1)
West Island
08/11/2020 Nigel Jackett, John Graff et al. Arctic Warbler (1)
Arctic-type Warbler (2+)
Ashy-bellied White-eye (1)
West Island
07/11/2020 John Graff, Nigel Jackett et al. TRINDADE PETREL (1 dark morph)
Arctic-type Warbler (1 probable Arctic)
West Island
07/11/2020 John Graff, Nigel Jackett et al. Little Stint (1) Horseshoe Cay
06/11/2020 Sue Abbotts, George Swann et al. Grey Wagtail (1) East Island

 

Christmas Island

Date Observers Species

Location

 

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Date Observers Species

Location

 

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