Magpie Pica pica in Port Hedland WA

To: "Frank O'Connor" <>, <>
Subject: Magpie Pica pica in Port Hedland WA
From: "Bill Stent" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 15:45:16 +1100
Weren't there (maybe unconfirmed records) of pica pica in New South
Wales a few years ago?

I seem to remember a debate as to whether it should be shot then as



 On Behalf Of Frank O'Connor
Sent: Tuesday, 4 December 2007 3:43 PM
Subject: Magpie Pica pica in Port Hedland WA

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

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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