Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
Date: 26 Dec 2011 01:31:17 +1000

Birdline Western Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 25 Dec 2011.

Fri 23 Dec Barn Swallow Lake McLarty , Western Australia
A quick heads up that Alan Collins found a Barn Swallow at Lake McLarty this morning, in association with Welcome Swallows (250+), initially along the east side about half way up, then later at the south end. Only a few swallows were present on the BAWA walk at McLarty last Sunday, so they seem to be recent arrivals. Hopefully they will stay long enough for anyone interested to check them out for the Barn Swallow.
per John Graff & Alan Collins

Sat 17 Dec Little Penguin South of Timor, Western Australia
Little Penguin seen at sea 70 nm (~140km south of Timor) on the DP DSV Rockwater 2. [Ed note: nearest Atlas records are from Rottnest Is near Perth, over 2000 km south. TD]
Per Rod Smith

Brown Hawk-Owl South of Timor, Western Australia
Brown Hawk-Owl seen at sea 70 nm (~140km south of Timor) on the DP DSV Rockwater 2. The Brown Hawk-Owl was resident on ship for six weeks, until 17th December - the same day the Little Penguin was seen.
Per Rod Smith

Sat 10 Dec Pictorella Mannikin Miaree Pool, Maitland River , Western Australia
A friend from Karratha, Wayne Young, just report there were over 40 Pictorella Mannikin at Miaree Pool (30km west of Karratha on the Maitland River) last Saturday, 10th Dec. This follows a sightings of a few birds by myself there about 4 years ago. The brilliant desert conditions are going to continue producing amazing sightings like this for years to come I think.
per Nathan Waugh & Wayne Young

Wed 30 Nov Asian House Martin, Edible-nest Swiftlet, House Swift, Himalayan Swiftlet North West Point, Christmas Island
An afternoon storm had us all heading to North West Point in search of incoming swifts and we weren't disappointed. In addition to over one hundred Cave (Linchi) Swiftlets, the following two hours produced thirty Asian House Martins, a lone House Swift, four Edible-nest Swiftlets and another larger swiftlet only slightly smaller than House Swift and obviously larger than the nearby 'nest swiftlets'. We obtained two photos and a video, helping to identify this bird as a Himalayan Swiftlet. Adding to the flock which had congregated on the side of Powell Hill, a couple of Fork-tailed (Pacific) Swifts appeared in front of an approaching tropical afternoon storm crossing from nearby Sumatra.
per Richard Baxter

Purple-backed Starling Settlement, Christmas Island
PURPLE-BACKED STARLING close to our accommodation which was very co-operative with several excellent photos obtained.
Per Richard Baxter

Fri 7 Nov Dark-sided Flycatcher Oceania House, Home Island, Cocos-Keeling Islands
Muscicapa type Flycatcher, possibly Dark-sided (Muscicapa sibirica). The bird was quite settled between the garden and the lagoon. This bird will require a BARC submission. If proven, will be first accepted for Australia. Moderator note: The BARC submission No 595 for the Dark-sided (Sooty) Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica, Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 6-7 November 2008, as submitted by Neville Pamment and Marjorie Pegler, was accepted.
Neville Pamment and Marj Pegler

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