16 May 2019
Pied Honeyeaters and Black Honeyeaters were feeding on a flowering eucalypt on the edge of plains adjoining the BBO firebreak. Also in this area, 5 Budgerigars passed overhead amidst a flock of c.100 Masked Woodswallows heading east, 4 Crimson Chats flew past, and a Black-eared Cuckoo was seen.
15 May 2019
Taylor’s Lagoon is almost dry, and the smaller Lake Campion completely dry, but with plenty of birdlife in the surrounds including Australian Pratincoles, Cockatiels, numerous Long-tailed Finches and a few Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters. Lake Eda, in contrast, remains flooded and teeming with waterbirds, with highlights including 3 Little Curlew, 4 Yellow-billed Spoonbills, a Black-tailed Native-hen and at least 300 Brolga.
14 May 2019
Recent visits to Kidneybean Claypan on Roebuck Plains Station have revealed good numbers of Yellow Chat, which have also been present in the saltmarsh behind Little Crab Creek.
12 May 2019
Several hundred Masked Woodswallows, including many juvenile birds, were flying low over the BBO for much of the morning. A Lesser Frigatebird was in Roebuck Bay. Northward shorebird migration is tailing off, but Common Greenshank continue to leave, mostly passing just east of the BBO Beach.
11 May 2019
Seven Brolga were soaring and bugling over the campground.
10 May 2019
Red-tailed Black Cockatoos passed over the BBO and Budgerigars continue to be seen in small numbers around the grounds. Approximately 30 Brolga and 10 Australian Bustards were seen on the plains behind the BBO. Crimson Chats continue around the edge of the plains, while Yellow Chats were seen at Kidneybean Claypan.
30 April 2019
Black Honeyeaters and (especially) Pied Honeyeaters continue to be seen around the edge of the plains.
28 April 2019
A single Beach Stone-curlew continues to be seen around the BBO Beach. Small Budgerigar flocks have been passing over the BBO regularly during the last few days.
27 April 2019
A Common Redshank was seen roosting at Wader Beach, on Roebuck Bay’s northern shores (CJH).
25 April 2019
Thirty Crimson Chats were seen feeding with White-winged Trillers around the edge of the plains adjoining the BBO. A small flock of Budgerigar were seen later in the same area.
24 April 2019
Black Honeyeaters and Pied Honeyeaters were feeding on flowering trees around the edge of the plains adjoining the BBO. Two Eastern Yellow Wagtails were seen at the Broome sewage ponds.
23 April 2019
Five Black Honeyeaters and 120 Pied Honeyeaters seen passing over the BBO heading east.
22 April 2019
A male Leaden Flycatcher was seen from the BBO Shadehouse.
21 April 2019
A change in the wind brought dry, cool southeasterlies, and perhaps associated with this we had a spectacular evening of migration, with 35 shorebird and tern flocks departing past the BBO Beach between 4 PM and 6 PM. Among them were 729 Whimbrel, 489 Red Knots, 197 Grey-tailed Tattlers, 136 Common Gull-billed Terns (ssp. affinis), 128 Black-tailed Godwits, 80 Common Greenshank, 40 Asian Dowitchers and a Whiskered Tern.
20 April 2019
A Peregrine Falcon was seen pursuing a flock of Black-tailed Godwits over the Roebuck Bay mudflats.
19 April 2019
Three Eastern Yellow Wagtails were seen at the Broome sewage ponds (NJ).
16 April 2019
Three Asian Dowitchers and a Common Redshank were seen roosting along Roebuck Bay’s northern shores.
13 April 2019
A Kimberley Flycatcher was seen in the Crab Creek mangroves.
12 April 2019
Twenty-seven Freckled Ducks continue at a dam along the Great Northern Highway.
10 April 2019
An Australian Peregrine Falcon (ssp. macropus) was seen along Crab Creek Road.
8 April 2019
A flock of 12 Painted Finch were at Entrance Point.
7 April 2019
A Painted Finch pair were seen visiting the Shadehouse bird baths.
6 April 2019
A Square-tailed Kite was seen along Crab Creek Road (CJH).
5 April 2019
Four Eastern Yellow Wagtails were seen at the Broome sewage ponds.
4 April 2019
A Common Redshank was roosting at Richard’s Point on the northern shores of Roebuck Bay (CJH). Sixty-eight Freckled Ducks continue at a dam along the Great Northern Highway.
2 April 2019
A single Common Redshank was seen in a mixed shorebird roost at Wader Spit in Roebuck Bay.
CJH - Chris Hassell, NJ - Nigel Jackett. All other sightings contributed by BBO staff and guests.
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