Mike Carter reported to me that up to 100 Red-rumped Swallows had been
reported in Kununurra by George Graham, and that there were also Red-rumped
Swallows reported at the Broome Bird Observatory by Adrian Boyle.
David Cooper (a visiting British birder) reported a Franklin's Gull at
Oyster Reef at Kalbarri in early January. I am thinking of going up there
on Monday (17th) returning on the Tuesday. I don't know whether it will
hang around. I know that one stayed for a month or more in Esperance a few
years ago, and the one in Brisbane two years ago stayed for a week or two,
so there is a chance.
On a personal note, I added two new species to my Argyle Diamond Mine list
in the past two weeks to bring the total to 205 species. These are the
first additions for nearly two years. I have kept the list for the 11 years
that I have worked there. The new species were two Star Finches (the last
Kimberley finch species to be added to the Argyle list), and an adult
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (the first time I have seen this species in the north).
Other good sightings at Argyle were Painted Finch (12), Red-chested
Button-quail, Singing Bushlark (4), Common Koel (3+), Peregrine Falcon,
Green Pygmy-Goose (2), Baillon's Crake, Nankeen Night Heron, Wood Sandpiper
(30+ in a group), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Royal Spoonbill (3 including one
in full breeding plumage), etc. Also a Pheasant Coucal outside my office
window and a number of breeding records. The pair of Grey-fronted
Honeyeaters that fledged one young in mid December are already back sitting
on another nest even though the immature is still close by and sometimes
asking its parents for food.
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Nedlands WA 6009
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