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Gull-billed Tern Invasion reported by Andrew Crossland

Its an invasion – 5 mins after reading Igor’s posting on the “Aussie birds at Lake Ellesmere” topic I had a joke with Phil Crutchley that I’d find one at Brooklands Lagoon, north of Christchurch, on my monthly waterbird survey this afternoon. I was wrong – I didn’t find one, I found two! One in […]

Sunday OSNZ wader count at Lake Ellesmere.

Just reporting that Phil Crutchley, Niall Mugan and Scott Butcher were at Kaitorete Spit Tip, Lake Ellesmere today and picked up a nice assemblage of arctic waders (1 RN Stint, 1 Curlew Sand, 1 knot, 13 Turnstone, as well as 6 Wrybill – but they had a great group of terns (56 species!) – 91 […]

Saterday OSNZ wader count at Lake Ellesmere

1 Gull-billed Tern (almost certainly the bird found by Steve Wratten and Colin Hill) 4 Intermediate Egrets, all in one group 1 Cape Barren Goose

The Cape Barren Goose was near the eastern fence (straight on if you park at the end of Embankment Road) The other Aussies were the other side of the western […]

Akaroa harbour, Reported By Andrew Crossland

53 Variable Oystercatcher 195 South Island Pied Oystercatcher 9 Pied Stilt 58 Spur Winged Plover

Falcon sightings around Christchurch reported by Andrew Crossland

Recent falcon sightings from Brooklands, Sumner Croquet club, Lincoln, Otahuna Bush, Port Hills and Hoon Hay Bush, Port Hills.

Lake Forsyth

1 White Heron

Seafield lagoon, Brooklands Reported By Andrew Crossland

1 White Heron 1 Black fronted Dotterel

Lake Ellesmere cattle egrets Reported by Stephen Wratten

Colin Hill and I went on June 12 to Rushbrooks Road, near Drain Road , near the western shore of the lake. We followed the tip given by Jan Walker and Bev on Birding NZ a couple of days ago

We found 7 birds with black-backed gulls in a paddock where cow slurry had been […]

Black fronted Dotterels at Southern Ashworths Lagoon Reported by Sheila petch

They are still there at the Southern Ashworths Lagoon. Only saw 5 this afternoon.

There were 9 there reported last week.


Upper Lyttelton Harbour Reported By Andrew Crossland

2 Variable Oystercatcher 386 South Island Pied Oystercatcher 51 Pied Stilt 13 Spur Winged Plover 3 Caspian Tern