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

14/01/2021 Gary Tate Spotted Harrier (1) Lake Joondalup, along Scenic Dr (Wanneroo)
10/01/2021 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
10/01/2021 Pauline Woolley et al. Oriental Pratincole (2) Nairns (Coodanup)
10/01/2021 Wynton Maddeford Eurasian Hobby (1) North Lake (North Lake)
10/01/2021 Mark Newman Marsh Sandpiper (1) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
10/01/2021 Mark Newman Common Tern (4) The Chimneys (Erskine)
10/01/2021 Drew Davison Wedge-tailed Shearwater (5+) City Beach (City Beach)
09/01/2021 Col Heap, Ron Dibbens et al. Oriental Pratincole (2) Nairns (Coodanup)
09/01/2021 Drew Davison et al. Buff-banded Rail (2)
Baillon's Crake (2)
Australian Spotted Crake (6+)
Spotless Crake (7+)
Whiskered Tern (1)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
05/01/2021 Bill Betts Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (2)
Black Kite (1)
Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
05/01/2021 Jaxon Greatwich et al. Eurasian Hobby (1) North Lake (North Lake)
05/01/2021 Jaxon Greatwich et al. Buff-banded Rail (2)
Baillon's Crake (2)
Australian Spotted Crake (3)
Spotless Crake (4)
Red-kneed Dotterel (1)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
04/01/2021 Martin Greenwood Sanderling (66) Two Rocks beach (Two Rocks)
03/01/2021 Peter Taylor Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (1 male) North Lake (North Lake)
03/01/2021 Martin Greenwood Wood Sandpiper (3) Gnangara Road Wetland (Gnangara)
02/01/2021 George Swann et al. Eurasian Hobby (1) North Lake (North Lake)
02/01/2021 George Swann Ruff (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
02/01/2021 Bill Betts et al. Peregrine Falcon migratory ssp, poss. calidus (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
02/01/2021 Mark Newman Intermediate [Plumed] Egret (1) Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
02/01/2021 Mark Newman Broad-billed Sandpiper (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
02/01/2021 Mark Newman Regent Parrot (7) Yangebup Lake (Yangebup)
02/01/2021 Martin Greenwood Eastern Cattle Egret (1) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
01/01/2021 Mark Newman Chestnut Teal (2)
Intermediate [Plumed] Egret (1)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (1)
Marsh Sandpiper (1)
Bibra Lake (Bibra Lake)
01/01/2021 Robyn Pickering Red-capped Robin (1 juvenile) Alfred Cove (Attadale)
31/12/2020 Linda Giblett & Steve Elson Eastern Curlew (2)
probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1)
[Common] Gull-billed Tern (1)
Nairns (Coodanup)
31/12/2020 Mark Newman Pacific Golden Plover (1)
probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1)
Common Tern (4)
The Chimneys (Erskine)
31/12/2020 Jason Abuso via Facebook Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (1 female) North Lake (North Lake)
29/12/2020 Wynton Maddeford Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1 probable) Booragoon Lake (Booragoon)
29/12/2020 John Graff Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (1) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
28/12/2020 Kirsty Heiner et al. Oriental Pratincole (1) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
27/12/2020 Drew Davison et al. Franklin's Gull (1) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
27/12/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Reef Heron [Eastern Reef Egret] (1)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Two Rocks beach (Two Rocks)
26/12/2020 Kirsty Heiner et al. Pacific Golden Plover (1)
Eastern Curlew (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Wood Sandpiper (25+)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
26/12/2020 Mark Newman Pacific Golden Plover (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (2)
probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Common Tern (6)
The Chimneys (Erskine)
26/12/2020 Mark Newman Sooty Tern (1) Point Peron (Peron)
26/12/2020 Mark Newman Black Kite (1) Kwinana Fwy, S of Paganoni Rd (Karnup)
25/12/2020 Mark Binns, Nick Hart et al. Wood Sandpiper (35)
Long-toed Stint (2)

Franklin's Gull (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
25/12/2020 Martin Greenwood Chestnut Teal (1) Loch McNess, Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
23/12/2020 Martin Greenwood Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (1) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup)
23/12/2020 Martin Greenwood Black-fronted Dotterel (2) Two Rocks beach (Two Rocks)
21/12/2020 Wynton Maddeford Square-tailed Kite (2) North Lake (North Lake)
20/12/2020 Drew Davison Hudsonian Godwit (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (1)
Nairns (Coodanup)
18/12/2020 Alfred & Hidi Lau Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Oriental Pratincole (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
17/12/2020 Drew Davison pale 'marsh harrier' (ID under discussion) Herdsman Lake (Herdsman)
15/12/2020 Jordan Webber Pacific Golden Plover (2)
Black-tailed Godwit (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Long-toed Stint
Oriental Pratincole (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
15/12/2020 Ken Glasson & Peter Lowe Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Oriental Pratincole (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
14/12/2020 Drew Davison et al. Pacific Golden Plover (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Oriental Pratincole (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
14/12/2020 Robyn Pickering Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (1) North Lake (North Lake)
13/12/2020 Jason Abuso via Facebook Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (2, inc. 1 female) North Lake (North Lake)
13/12/2020 Steve Keeling et al. probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
12/12/2020 Martin Greenwood Sanderling (56) Two Rocks beach (Two Rocks)
11/12/2020 Vicki Stokes probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
10/12/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Gull (2) Two Rocks (Two Rocks)
09/12/2020 Robyn Pickering & Joe Russell Pied Stilt (1,500+)
Pacific Golden Plover (2)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (120)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Oriental Pratincole (1)
Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
07/12/2020 via Alfred & Hidi Lau Eastern Curlew (7) Boundary Island (Dudley Park)
05/12/2020 Pete Morant Oriental Pratincole (1) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
05/12/2020 Jason Abuso via Facebook Eurasian Hobby (1) North Lake (North Lake)
05/12/2020 Martin Greenwood Square-tailed Kite (2 adults, 1 juvenile) Yanchep NP (Yanchep)
04/12/2020 Shelley Pearson via Facebook Hudsonian Godwit (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
02/12/2020 David Taggart Oriental [Crested] Honey-buzzard (1) Lake Joondalup (Joondalup) - east side
29/11/2020 Jason Abuso via Facebook probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1) Nairns (Coodanup)
29/11/2020 John Graff Common Tern (3)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
The Chimneys (Erskine)
29/11/2020 John Graff et al. Greater Sand Plover (5)
Eastern Curlew (2)
Red Knot (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2,200)
Curlew Sandpiper (65)
Red-necked Stint (3,650)
Long-toed Stint (2)
Whiskered Tern (19)
Austin Bay NR (South Yunderup)
26/11/2020 Geoffrey Groom et al. via Facebook probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (1) Austin Bay NR (South Yunderup)
26/11/2020 Martin Greenwood Rock Parrot (7) Bathurst Point Lighthouse (Rottnest Island)
25/11/2020 Joe Russell & Geoffrey Groom via Facebook probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (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 (73) Thomsons Lake (Beeliar)
22/11/2020 Martin Greenwood Pacific Gull (2) Two Rocks (Two Rocks)
19/11/2020 Ken Glasson Grey-tailed Tattler (2) Point Dundas (Applecross)
18/11/2020 Lee Beavis via Facebook probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (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. probable Hudsonian x Bar-tailed Godwit hybrid (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

13/01/2020 Chris Taylor & Natasha Moore Gallinago sp. Snipe (1) Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary (Busselton)
24/12/2020 via John Watson/Facebook Northern Rockhopper Penguin (1 adult) Broke Inlet (Manjimup)
23/12/2020 Christine Taylor via Facebook Asian Dowitcher (2) Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary (Busselton)
15/12/2020 John Nilson Pacific Golden Plover (1) Lower King River (Albany)
14/12/2020 Jennifer Smith via Christine Wilder House Crow (1) Gnarabup (Augusta-Margaret River)
11/12/2020 James Bennett Black-breasted Buzzard (1 possible) Burnside, 5km W of Margaret River (Augusta-Margaret River)
10/12/2020 James Bennett Black-breasted Buzzard (3 possible) Burnside, 5km W of Margaret River (Augusta-Margaret River)
06/12/2020 Drew Davison Australian Ringneck (2 ssp. zonarius/intergrades) Ocean Beach Caravan Park (Denmark)
05/12/2020 Drew Davison Chestnut Teal (82) Bob's Lake (Cranbrook)
05/12/2020 Josh Keen, John Graff & Nathan Beerkens Terek Sandpiper (3) Point Douro, Leschenault Estuary (Australind)
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

18/12/2020 Stephen Clarke Western Bowerbird (1) Karratha Hills (Karratha)
15/12/2020 John Delaporte et al. Red-tailed Tropicbird (2)
White Tern (1)
Rat Island, Houtman-Abrolhos (Northampton)
09/12/2020 David Brauhart Oriental Cuckoo (1) Barrow Island (Ashburton)
29/11/2020 Tegan Douglas & Kelly Rayner Inland Dotterel (14) Haig Rd (Dundas)
28/11/2020 Tegan Douglas & Kelly Rayner Naretha Bluebonnet (11)
Orange Chat (2+)
Cocklebiddy-Rawlinna Rd (Dundas)
17/10/2020 Mark Binns Freckled Duck (35) Credo Station (Coolgardie)
13/10/2020 Tegan Douglas et al. Freckled Duck (30) Carnegie Station (Wiluna)
10/10/2020 Tegan Douglas et al. Freckled Duck (2)
Plumed Whistling-Duck (8)
Carnegie Station (Wiluna)
10/10/2020 Mark Binns, Mark Henryon & Peter White Inland Dotterel (1) Fraser Range (Dundas)
09/10/2020 Tegan Douglas et al. Rufous [Striated/Sandhill] Grasswren (2) Yelleerie Rd, btwn Sandstone & Wiluna ()
c. 20/09/2020 Damian Juniper Eastern Osprey (1) Karara minesite, 60km E of Morawa (Perenjori)

 

Kimberley (Shires in parentheses)

Date Observers Species

Location

13/12/2020 Adrian Boyle & Nigel Jackett Grey Wagtail (1) Broome Turf Club (Broome)
12/12/2020 Adrian Boyle, Nigel Jackett et al. Von Schrenk's Bittern (1 freshly killed)
thrush sp. (probable Eye-browed) (1)
Broome Turf Club (Broome)
11/12/2020 Nigel Jackett & George Swann House Swift (2) Broome Port (Broome)
09/12/2020 Adrian Boyle, Nigel Jackett et al. House Swift (1)
dark swiftlet sp. (1)
Port Dr (Broome)
09/12/2020 Adrian Boyle, Nigel Jackett et al. House Swift (3) Broome Port (Broome)
05/12/2020 George Swann & Chris Young Nordmann's Greenshank (1) Eighty Mile Beach (Broome)
02/12/2020 Adrian Boyle & Nigel Jackett NORDMANN'S GREENSHANK (1 - different individual) Bush Point, Roebuck Bay (Broome)
30/11/2020 Nigel Jackett et al. Nordmann's Greenshank (1) Eighty Mile Beach (Broome)
29/11/2020 Nigel Jackett et al. Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1) Eighty Mile Beach (Broome)
28/11/2020 Adrian Boyle, Nyil Khwaja et al. NORDMANN'S GREENSHANK (1)
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
Eighty Mile Beach (Broome)
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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