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Birdline Western Australia is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

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Recent Sightings


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August 2014
Tue 26Hooded Plover
Lake Warden, Esperance
About 30 Hooded Plover at east end of late. None appear to be on beaches in the region. Further information
Greg Roberts 26/8 #219386
Fri 22Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrubbird, Western Whipbird
Cheynes Beach Caravan Park and Arpenteur Nature Reserve
Over 2 days, a total of 16 Western Bristlebird recorded, 8 Noisy Scrubbird and 7 Western Whipbird Further information
Greg Roberts 23/8 #219342
Thu 21Pilbara (Striated) Grasswren
Marble Bar / Woodstock Road
Finally. Thanks to those who offered advice esp Fred van Gessel and Richard Alcorn. In the end we found it at a previously unreported location which was very satisfying. GPS 21 19 47.0 S : 119 36 33.5 E eBird checklist
Jean & Paul Newman 21/8 #219304
Tue 19Gouldian Finches
Frontage of Council Offices Wyndham at 6.40am
Approx 200 Gouldian finches drinking from puddles on the entrance road into the Wyndham Council Offices including one banded bird clearly seen in photograph. eBird checklist
David Simpson 20/8 #219291
Crested (Western) Shrike-tit
Nornalup Inlet
2 near Coalmine Caravan Park eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 19/8 #219288
Thu 14Grey Honeyeater
Newman Port Hedland Road
An extended and quite pessimistic search for this bird extended over a large area in the Pilbara. We had effectively written off our chances and were returning to Newman. I decided to have a final couple of walks. On the last Jean protested at being left by the side of the road and asked that I return to a spot 500m back where we could park off the road. Sure enough I found three birds in Mulga. They quickly departed but returned to playback. Far more grey and monochrome than generally illustrated. Photos show birds raising feathers on the backs of their necks in a crest-like manner. No flowering erimophila or other plants evident in the area. Birds sighted approx 65km N of Newman. GPS available. eBird checklist
Jean & Paul Newman 15/8 #219219
Great-billed Heron
Derby Wharf
Great-billed Heron seen at wharf today on mud flats on incoming tide. eBird checklist
Sue and Stephen King 14/8 #219211
Sun 10megamegaDaurian Starling (Purple-backed Starling)
Cocos Keeling Islands Golf Course
This bird first seen on the 10th August at 9.00am by a golf player. Seen again on 11th at 5.00pm and 12th at 7.00am in and under a Guettarda Speciosa tree on the golf course/airstrip. The bird was feeding on the ground. eBird checklist Further information
Geof Christie and Pam Jones 13/8 #219183
Mon 4Gouldian Finch
Home Valley Station, Gibb River Road.
Three birds seen at a small waterhole along the Bindoola Creek at Home Valley Station at 10.00am. Took a walk along the Creek Trail until end of waterhole and climbed over a rocky ledge to an area with small water holes. Three Gouldians seen in the presence of long tail finches and double bar finches. eBird checklist
Sue and Stephen King 14/8 #219210
White-backed Swallow
The Pinnacles
A pair evidently breeding eBird checklist Further information
Greg Roberts 4/8 #219037
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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