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One less Cape Barren Goose Reported by Peter Langlands

A note from the Editor : I think the rule identify your target should apply to everything you are prepared to shoot. It would be a start if courses to identify species were offered to hunters so that they could appreciate the beauty of these birds while killing them.

Regards Niall

Well folks one less […]

Arctics’ still at L Ellesmere Reported by Stephen Wratten

Colin Hill and I went to Embankment and Yarr’s and found….. not much-then hit gold at Greenpark Huts

Totals for all areas combined:

pied stilt 246 mute swan 8 banded dotterel 75 (one ad.) wrybill 17 spoonbill 26

At Greenpark:

sharp-tailed sandpiper 1 (summer plumage)

red-necked stint 19 (some in summer plumage)

Cheers Steve

Embankment Road to Clark’s Road and then to Greenpark Flats reported by Steve Wratten

Colin Hill and I went from Embankment Road to Clark’s Road and then to Greenpark Flats Some nice pools at Embankment but water level too high at Yarr’s for a visit

Many, many ha of dry lake bed at Greenpark

Embankment:

Black-billed Gull 530 on an irrigated paddock near Emb. Road gate White-faced heron 80 […]

Greenpark Huts and Embankment Road Reported by Stephen Wratten,

Greenpark:

3 bar-tailed godwit 2 royal spoonbill 1 hybrid stilt (white face and vent) 1 variable oystercatcher (black)

Embankment Road:

5 mute swans 1hybrid stilt (white face, vent and lower belly)

Banded dotterel total (both sites): c. 25 (all adults) Pied stilt total c. 200

No wrybill or stints, despite careful checking

Lake Ellesmere Reported by Stephen Wratten

Colin Hill and I went from Yarr’s reserve to Greenpark and found Yarr’s

219 stilts 19 banded dotterels

Embankment Road

127 banded dotterels 51 stilts

Clarks Road

360 stilts ( 2 hybrids) 245 b dotterels 6 turnstones 2 sharp-t sandpipers 64 wrybill

Greenpark

311 b dotterels 13 wrybills 277 stilts

702 b dotterels in total-95% […]

Lake Ellesmere Reported by Stephen Wratten

Colin Hill and I went from Kaitorete Spit through Greenpark to Jarvis and Embankment Roads

Spit:

97 wrybill 24 caspian terns 3 black-fronted terns Bar-t godwit 5 Red knot 37 7 turnstones Banded dotterel 200 approx (one had an orange flag above ‘knee’ on right leg Red-necked stint 16 Curlew sandpiper 2 Pec sandpiper 4 […]

Greenpark Rd Reported by Frances Schmechel

3 Mute Swans 3 White herons

There were about 3000 Blackbilled Gulls in paddocks down Greenpark Rd.

Possible Laughing? Or Franklin’s Gull? Greenpark sands Reported By Tim Barnard

largish gull, mid-grey wings, dark primaries, and drooping bill flying past on the lake shore.

Greenpark Sands Reported by Peter langlands

Just back from Greenpark Sands – with Steve Wood and Rob Lawerance. No cigar – with the little stint but following seen 150 wrybill – including one colour banded on Upper Rangitata on 20 Oct 2009. 400 Pied Stilt 2 Golden Plover 12 Sharp tailed Sandpiper 2 Curlew sandpiper 7 Bar tailed Godwit 6 Knot […]

Greenpark sands and Jarvis Rd

Banded dotterel 200+ Wrybill 100+ Pied stilt 300+ Hybrid Stilt, possibly F node Red-necked stint 3 Sharp-tailed sandpiper 2