Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
Date: 21 Nov 2011 01:31:41 +1000

Birdline Western Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 20 Nov 2011.

Fri 18 Nov Eurasian Hoopoe Roebuck Plains Roadhouse, Western Australia, Western Australia
The Eurasian Hoopoe was seen at the roadhouse this morning, 8-48 local time. The bird must be expanding its foraging activities in the area but hasn't taken the road house completely off its daily itinerary.
Alby and Eleanor Wright, Nigel Hartland, Tom Wheller per Jeff Davies

Wed 16 Nov Gull-billed Tern Thomsons Lake, Beeliar, Perth, Western Australia
On a waterbird survey at Thomsons Lake this morning, the highlight was two Gull-billed Terns (Australian race macrotarsa) in breeding plumage hawking over the lake.
Per Sue Abbotts, Claire Gerrish, Robyn Pickering and John Graff (via birdswa]

Tue 15 Nov Eurasian Hoopoe Roebuck Plains Roadhouse, Western Australia
…. After much nashing of teeth we took the plunge and headed off to Broome to twitch the Eurasian Hoopoe. The redeye from Melbourne to Perth followed by a two hour stop over at Perth before heading to Broome was tedious… followed by the baggage collection and car rental process before getting on our way to Roebuck Plains Roadhouse induced more anxiety. Then getting there and frantically searching (I leave that to your imagination) ……. However all was rewarded.. great views of the Eurasian Hoopoe and even managed a few photographs… The bird can be seen around the grassy area in front of the caravan park… patience is required (mind you.. running our quickly today!!). We will be in Broome until Sunday morning and will go out to see the bird again.
Albert & Eleanor Wright .. “The Gypsy Twitchers” 0439135468

Sun 13 Nov Scarlet-chested Parrot Point Sunday Road, near Yeo Lake NR, Western Australia
Small numbers of Scarlet-chested Parrots feeding on Point Sunday Road in early morning/late afternoon, especially between 26km and 30km south of Great Central Road. 14 birds seen, including 2 males. Site is noteworthy to birders due to ease of access (even to 2WD vehicles), particularly considering difficulty getting to Neale Junction after recent rainfall. Striated Grasswren also present.
Pete Nunn and Lisa Harris

Eurasian Hoopoe Roebuck Roadhouse , Western Australia
Eurasian Hoopoe was still showing well on Sunday afternoon when I left the Roebuck Roadhouse at about 1415. It seems to spend a lot of time roosting up in the shade. The best way to find it is to just park in the bay at the corner (closest to the Port Hedland road) and wait for it to come into one of the trees or the watered grass area.
Per Frank O'Conner

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