Latest sightings

14 February 2018

A Tawny Grassbird and Eastern Barn Owl were found along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains (GS)

13 February 2018

A Comb-crested Jacana was found along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains (GS).

12 February 2018

Three male Red-headed Honeyeaters were seen at Streeters Jetty in Broome - a regular site for this species. A Greater Crested Tern (rare away from coast) was on a fence along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains (GS).

11 February 2018

An Australian Little Bittern [Black-backed Bittern] was heard at Nimalaica (GS). Seen here were at least six White-browed Crakes, and two Little Grassbirds.

9 February 2018

A flock of 22 Barn Swallows were observed over the the BBO.

7 February 2018

120 Magpie Geese, a Swamp Harrier, two Little Terns (rare here), and a Silver Gull (rare here) were seen along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains. Two Tawny Frogmouths were observed at the BBO.

6 February 2018

The first Varied Lorikeet of the year was observed flying over the BBO

4 February 2018

An Oriental Cuckoo was observed at the BBO.

3 February 2018

24 Barn Swallows and a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo were observed on Roebuck Plains behind the BBO.

2 February 2018

An Oriental Cuckoo and 20 Barn Swallows were observed at the BBO. 

1 February 2018

At least one Oriental Cuckoo, and nine Rock Doves were observed at the BBO.

31 January 2018

A Brown Booby was on a puddle along Crab Creek Road. A Rock Dove invasion occurred in Broome, with 50-100 seen at many sites in Broome, and six at the Broome Bird Observatory. The origin of these birds in unclear, but they do not appear to be from keepers in Broome. All(?) were close to wild-type in plumage, had clean edges to wing and tail feathers, healthy feet, and were unbanded. They were very tame. Nearest wild populations are Port Hedland (small numbers) and Timor.

30 January 2018

An Oriental Cuckoo was observed at the BBO. Rainfall for Broome and West Roebuck for the 24 hours to 9AM was 412mm and 449mm respectively.

29 January 2018

A deep tropical low brought Roseate Terns and Bridled Terns to the Entrance Point area (GS, BG). Five Little Terns, five Common Terns, four Lesser Frigatebirds, and a Gull-billed Tern (race affinis) were seen along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains - coastal species that are unusual at this location (GS). Also seen here was a Little Curlew, Sharp-tailed SandpiperYellow Chat, two Baillon's Crake and two Buff-banded Rails (GS).

A Frilled Lizard was observed at the BBO.

27 January 2018

A Black-eared Cuckoo was observed at the BBO.

26 January 2018

~100 Barn Swallows were seen on Roebuck Plains Station behind the BBO.

25 January 2018

An Oriental Cuckoo and Australian Owlet-nightjar were observed at the BBO.

23 January 2018

A Bush Stone-curlew was seen on Roebuck Plains Station behind the BBO.

22 January 2018

An Oriental Cuckoo was observed at the BBO.

21 January 2018

White-breasted Whistler, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Dusky GerygoneBroad-billed Flycatcher, Mangrove Grey Fantail and a Barn Swallow were recorded at Crab Creek.

17 January 2018

Two Oriental Cuckoos and an Australian Owlet-nightjar were seen at the BBO. Thirty Oriental Pratincole, 230 Glossy Ibis and five Intermediate Egrets (race plumifera) were seen along the Great Northern Highway on Roebuck Plains.

16 January 2018

An Oriental Cuckoo was seen foraging on grasshoppers at the BBO.

14 January 2018

Three Oriental Cuckoos were seen along Crab Creek Road between the BBO viewing platform and One Tree. A Channel-billed Cuckoo was seen at the BBO. Two Australian Bustard were on Roebuck Plains behind the BBO.

13 January 2018

A dead HOUSE SWIFT was found at Cable Beach (BG), and was identified by the Western Australian Museum as a juvenile of race subfurcatus (of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo). An Oriental Cuckoo and six Cockatiel (unusual during the wet season) were seen at the Broome Bird Observatory. A Red-chested Button-quail, Magpie Geese and Black-tailed Native-hen (CG) were seen along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains.

12 January 2018

Up to 40 HOUSE SWIFT and 3 SWIFTLETS (likely Edible-nest Swiftlet or Himalayan Swiftlet) were seen at Entrance Point, with HOUSE SWIFT also observed at the sewage ponds, Matso's Brewery mangroves, and the Broome Bird Observatory (where a SWIFTLET was also seen). Oriental Pratincoles were observed throughout Broome. Bridled Tern (at least 18) and a Common Noddy (CGM) were seen at Entrance Point and Cable Beach respectively. Two Black-eared Cuckoos (GS) were seen at Entrance Point.

11 January 2018

Associated with Tropical Cyclone Joyce were HOUSE SWIFT (up to 25) and a SWIFTLET (likely Edible-nest Swiftlet or Himalayan Swiftlet) with Pacfic Swift, Tree Martin and Fairy Martin at Cable Beach. 

10 January 2018

An Oriental Cuckoo (first for season) was observed near the viewing platform at the BBO.

9 January 2018

90 Barn Swallows and Oriental Pratincoles (hundreds) were observed on Roebuck Plains behind the BBO. Whiskered Terns and Glossy Ibis are increasing on wetlands on Roebuck Plains, and a flock of 14 Silver Gulls gathered on the edge of wetland (scarce on Roebuck Plains).

8 January 2018

55 Barn Swallows and six Pacific Swifts were observed on Roebuck Plains behind the BBO. Plumed Whistling-Ducks are pairing up to breed on the flooded grasslands, and a button-quail (possibly Red-backed Button-quail) was heard calling.

Observers:

BG - Bruce Greatwich, CG - Connie Grohmann, CGM - Clare & Grant Morton, GS - George Swann of Kimberley Birdwatching. All other sightings include BBO staff.