Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
Date: 5 Dec 2011 01:31:30 +1000

Birdline Western Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 4 Dec 2011.

Sat 3 Dec Broad-billed Sandpiper Nairns, Peel-Harvey Estuary , Western Australia
I saw a Broad-billed Sandpiper at Nairns yesterday plus Bar-tailed Godwit (12), Red-necked Stint (~200), Curlew Sandpiper (2), Red-capped Plover (20+) and Common Greenshank (heard)
per Frank O'Connor

Mossy-nest Swiftlet, Grey Wagtail, Red-collared Dove, Asian Koel, etc NW Point, Christmas Island
Another visit to NW Point produced more Edible-nest Swiftlets, 30+Asian House Martins and a well photographed MOSSY-NEST SWIFTLET. Yesterday afternoon they had all gone, only to be replaced by a lone House Swift, which circled for over an hour providing close views and plenty of photos. A GREY WAGTAIL has been hanging around the rubbish tip for the last couple of days and we've had several close views of RED-COLLARED DOVE in Settlement. Our last afternoon on the island produced an ASIAN KOEL, White-throated Needletail, Dollarbird, Oriental Pratincole and Wood Sandpiper.
Per Richard Baxter

Hoopoe and Semipalmated Plover Roebuck Roadhouse, Western Australia
George Swann just phoned to say that he was watching the Hoopoe at the Roebuck Roadhouse (13.40 local time) but that it wasn't there at 09.30 this morning. He saw the Semipalmated Plover on Simpson's Beach yesterday.
George Swann per Mike Carter

Wed 30 Nov Purple-backed Starling, Asian House Martin, House Swift, Edible-Nest & possible Himalaya Swiftlet Christmas Island, Christmas Island
PURPLE-BACKED STARLING close to our accommodation which was very co-operative with several excellent photos obtained. An afternoon storm had us all heading to North West Point in search of incoming swifts and we weren't disappointed. Two hours of exciting swift watching revealed over 30 ASIAN HOUSE MARTINS, EDIBLE-NEST SWIFTLET, HOUSE SWIFT and a yet to be identified larger swift/swiftlet which we are thinking is HIMALAYAN SWIFTLET. We have video footage and photos of this bird which should help with ID.
Per Richard Baxter

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