Magpie Pica pica in Port Hedland WA

Subject: Magpie Pica pica in Port Hedland WA
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 13:43:10 +0900

There has been a Magpie Pica pica seen in Port Hedland quite recently.  I only heard about it last night and I don't have much in the way of details.  A photograph was sent to the Department of Agriculture & Food (a person responsible for pest species), and has been identified as this species.  It is suspected to have been ship assisted, and the current plan is to shoot it if it is relocated.  As far as I am aware, this is the first record for Australia, ship assisted or not.

This continues an amazing year of rarities in WA with swift sp in Broome, Ringed Plover south of Mandurah, Black-tailed Gull in Geraldton, Red-legged Crake at Whim Creek, Eurasian Curlew at 80 Mile Beach and Red-throated Pipit in Broome, following on last year from Sabine's Gull, Grey Wagtails, Arctic Warbler, Spotted Redshank and Nordmann's Greenshank.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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