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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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Please forward details on any sightings of Rock Parrots on Rottnest Island, including number of birds, location, time, date, presence/absence and colour of a band, to James Sansom at

Recent Sightings


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October 2014
Sat 18Pallid Cuckoo
Dryandra Woodland Bird Walk (behind dam)
1 Pallid cuckoo rufous morph most resembling immature in Pizzey and Knight being mobbed by Grey fantails. This species appears to be infrequently recorded from this location. [Moderator's note (NJ): Pallid Cuckoo can be cryptic and probably under reported, but is regularly recorded at Dryandra.]
Rob Reed 18/10 #220312
Thu 16Chestnut Rail, Black Butcherbird, Great-billed Heron
Wyndham Warf and surrounding mangroves
We saw four chestnut rails, three black butcher birds and a great-billed heron, plus all the mangrove specialties we were hoping for. I was with Catherine Young and we were guided by Andy Yardley from See eBird Checklist for the full list. eBird checklist
Daniel Hoops 19/10 #220338
Wed 8highlightBlack Bittern
Cocos Keeling Islands , West Island
Spotted on the road to the swimming beach by Liz Znidersic. Had time to drive back to town for a camera. See in same spot with head up roosting later in the afternoon.
Liz Znidersic 8/10 #220151
Tue 7highlightOriental Plover
Eyre Bird Observatory beach
Sorry about the late report but just arrived home to Victoria and going thru and identifying my photos from my recent trip to SW WA. A group of x5 birds on the shore line on the beach in front of EBO. I am told this is an unusual sighting for this area.
Andrew Browne 20/10 #220366
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Cocos Keeling Island
One Broad-billed Sandpiper amongst a small group of waders. A first for Cocos.
Geof Christie 8/10 #220149
Sat 4highlightStriated Grasswren (race oweni)
Neale Junction Nature Reserve
Proposed elevated species Sandhill Grasswren A. oweni (Christides et al 2013) photographed 36km north of the junction. this completes an 'Amytornis Odyssey this calendar year, during which time I have been lucky enough to photograph all 18 ssp proposed in the above-mentioned Christides review of the genus. Although fresh Grasswren tracks were in great abundance in the 'good patch' of spinifex habitat 10-14km south of the Junction, I failed to hear a peep there, despite several extended (four-hour) searches. After a highly successful trip through South Australia along the Anne Beadell Hwy, it was disappointing to find evidence of extensive burning in recent years throughout most of the accessible aspects of the reserve. No Princess Parrots nor Scarlet-chested Parrots were encountered, contrasting an apparent abundance of both species on the SA side of border. I would recommend anyone intending to visit Neale Junction to consider the drive from the east, which at present, at least, is in terrific shape, and with more complex vegetation accompanying both Mallee and Mulga woodlands, and seemingly, a much higher incidence of birds and reptiles. It needs to be kept in mind however, that the eastern approach is much much rougher, and requires additional permits.
John Weigel 12/10 #220207
highlightBroad-billed Sandpiper
Cocos Keeling Islands , South Island
One Broad-billed Sandpiper with a small group of waders.
Geof Christie 8/10 #220152
megamegaSaunders Tern
Cocos Keeling Islands,SouthIsland sand flats.
There are now 7 Saunders Terns roosting on the same sand bar as previous years. More should arrive and stay until March. There is now 10 differant species of migrating waders on Cocos.
Geof Christie 7/10 #220128
Fri 3Black Falcon
Farm Dam approx 2km North of Minilya Bridge Roadhouse
Travelling south to Carnarvon from Exmouth and noticed a lot of bird activity around dam just off NW Coastal Highway. Stopped to investigate and found 30+ Budgerigars, 20+ Cockatiels, 30+ Diamond Dove, 2 Whistling Kites and 1000+ Zebra Finch at the dam drinking. Whilst observing this a new raptor flew and and all the birds were immediately agitated. Watched bird and photographed and saw that bird was a Black Falcon.
Ross Jones 12/10 #220220

September 2014
Sat 27Terek Sandpiper
Port Gregory
Single bird in the small lake next to the road into Port Gregory. Bright orange legs and log upturned beak very distinctive. Photographs taken to confirm ID. eBird checklist
Ross Jones 28/9 #219921
Thu 25highlightGouldian Finch
Wyndham Hospital
After searching quite a few sites around Wyndham this morning managed to locate a flock of well over 50+ Gouldians coming in to drink from a puddle on the footpath near the Hospital eBird checklist
Greg and Janice McKay 25/9 #219890
Mon 22highlightGreen-headed Yellow Wagtail
Cocos Keeling Islands
This bird was with a group of 4 Eastern Yellow Wagtails at the Quarry on West Island. They have been around for the last 4 days. eBird checklist Further information
Pam Jones Geof Christie 24/9 #219882
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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