20 March 2018
A HOUSE SWIFT and 3 (possibly 4) unidentified SWIFTLETS were observed at Entrance Point (GS). Also here were 25 Painted Finch and a Little Button-quail (GS). An Eastern Yellow Wagtail and three Barn Swallows were at Crab Creek at low tide, with two more Eastern Yellow Wagtails and five Barn Swallows on nearby Roebuck Plains.
19 March 2018
At least six HOUSE SWIFTS were seen at Entrance Point (GS) in the company of many hundreds of Pacific Swift, during the passing of Tropical Cyclone Marcus to the north of Broome. A Crimson Chat was also seen at this location. Ninety-one Asian Dowitchers (CJH), two Common Redshank and two Painted Finch were near Crab Creek. An Oriental Cuckoo was seen near 'Eagles Roost' along Crab Creek Road.
18 March 2018
An Oriental Cuckoo was seen near 'Eagles Roost' along Crab Creek Road.
17 March 2018
Two Pacific Swifts were seen from a boat in Roebuck Bay (BG).
16 March 2018
Two Oriental Cuckoos were seen near Richards Point in Roebuck Bay. Asian Dowitchers and Broad-billed Sandpipers were roosting at Wader Beach, close to the BBO.
15 March 2018
One hundred Asian Dowitchers were seen in Roebuck Bay (CJH), as was a Great Cormorant (very rare along NW coastline) during the BBO's afternoon migration watch.
14 March 2018
Eighty Asian Dowitchers were seen in Roebuck Bay (CJH). An Oriental Cuckoo was observed near the bird hide at the BBO. Four Painted Finches and Budgerigars were seen at Entrance Point (BG). Bush Stone-curlews were seen along the 9km stretch (all-weather section) of Crab Creek Road, as well as at the BBO.
A Mulga Snake (Pseudechis australis) and Northern Shovel-nosed Snake (Brachyurophis roperi) were seen at night along Crab Creek Road. A Frill-necked Dragon [Frilled Lizard] (Chlamydosaurus kingii) was at the BBO.
13 March 2018
Nine Pictorella Mannikins were photographed on the edge of Roebuck Plains near Crab Creek (IC). Five Oriental Cuckoos were seen at various locations along Crab Creek Road, with another seen near Entrance Point, where a Grey-headed Honeyeater was also seen. Fifteen Asian Dowitchers were seen close to the BBO. A male Red-chested Button-quail was photographed on Roebuck Plains behind the BBO.
A Stimson's Python (Antaresia stimsoni), Giant Frogs (Cyclorana australis) and Long-footed Frogs (Cyclorana longipes) were seen while spotlighting close to the BBO.
12 March 2018
Two Oriental Cuckoos were seen near Little Crab Creek, including a calling female. A third Oriental Cuckoo was observed further west along Crab Creek Road. Also near Little Crab Creek were two Common Redshank, and closer to the BBO were four Asian Dowitchers (IC).
11 March 2018
Four Painted Finch were observed at the sewage ponds (IC).
A Narrow-headed Whipsnake (Demansia angusticeps) was observed at the BBO.
9 March 2018
Oriental Cuckoos was seen at the BBO and along Crab Creek Road near 'Fishheads'.
8 March 2018
Three Painted Finch, six Masked Woodswallows and an Oriental Cuckoo were observed at the BBO.
5 March 2018
Five Dusky Gerygones, six White-breasted Whistlers, four Mangrove Grey Fantails and two Broad-billed Flycatchers were observed near Little Crab Creek.
1 March 2018
An Oriental Cuckoo was observed at Fall Point ('Wader Spit') along Crab Creek Road.
28 February 2018
An Oriental Cuckoo was observed along Crab Creek Road near 'Richard's Point'. Seven Red-kneed Dotterel were observed with a Ruddy Turnstone flying along the shore in front of the BBO - an unusual species to see in Roebuck Bay.
27 February 2018
An Oriental Cuckoo was observed along Crab Creek Road near 'Campsite beach'.
26 February 2018
Two (possibly three) Pied Herons were observed along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains. Also here was a Striated Heron and a juvenile Greater Crested Tern - both unusual at this inland location (CJH).
19 February 2018
A Pied Heron was observed along the Great Northern Highway where it crosses Roebuck Plains (CJH).
18 February 2018
Three HOUSE SWIFT and a SWIFTLET (Himalayan or Edible-nest Swiftlet) were observed at Entrance Point (BG).
17 February 2018
At least four HOUSE SWIFT were observed at Streeters Jetty, and two at Entrance Point (CJH).
16 February 2018
Four HOUSE SWIFT were observed at Entrance Point in association with Tropical Cyclone Kelvin (GS, BG).
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.
BG - Bruce Greatwich, CJH- Chris Hassell, GS - George Swann of Kimberley Birdwatching, IC - Isaac Clarey. All other sightings contributed by BBO staff.
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