New bird for Australia - Yellow-browed Warbler

Subject: New bird for Australia - Yellow-browed Warbler
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:59:11 +1000
Hi All,

Earlier this month whilst conducting surveys at Ashmore Reef we found a Yellow-browed Warbler, Phylloscopus inornatus, (the first Australian record) and a Pallas?s Grasshopper Warbler, Locustella certhiola, (the second Australian record) on West Island. Other goodies at the reef included a Middendorff?s Warbler and a small flock of naturally occurring Tree Sparrows. At sea in transit to and from the reef a single Abbott?s Booby and three separate Jouanin?s Petrels were observed.

Photos of the Yellow-browed Warbler and Pallas?s Grasshopper Warbler are here: (first 5 pics) (all 4 pics)

This year the Ashmore Reef birding tour run by Kimberley Birdwatching will take place 17-24 October 2011. Given the spate of rarities at Ashmore Reef and in the Indian Island territories in the past 6-7 months this trip is shaping up to be a good one. Best to contact George Swann or Mike Carter for info.


Rohan Clarke


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