Tom Tarrant <>
Wed, 08 Jul 1998 16:26:01 +1000
With regard to your recent sighting, could you give your geographic
location? Whatever the bird in question I doubt that it was a Great Knot
unless you live close to saltwater habitat (most of this species will
currently be breeding in Siberia, although a few remain thru our winter)
Have you considered a rail of some species? Buff-banded, Lewin's or even
Chestnut (if you live in Northern Australia!) They occasionally fly into
trees. Whimbrel can occasionally be seen in mangroves on places such as
Green island near Cairns (although again most of these should be breeding in
East Asia at present)
Hope that gives you some ideas, let us know what conclusions you draw from
Tom and Marie Tarrant
> I live near a REALLY tiny ptach of 'forest'. It has a creek running
> alongside part of it. Yesterday I was on the opposite side of the creek
> from the part of the mini-forest that has some kind of pine tree,
> possibly she-oaks, when I saw a bird walking along the ground. My first
> impression was that it was a Kiwi, but...
> It had a longish beak with a faint curve and was pecking the ground
> every few steps. It had a round head settled back into its fat body.
> Its legs were about 15-20cm long (that's an estimate!). It was too far
> away to see its feet. My father who was behind me, said that it flapped
> up into the trees. What the heck could it have been? I think it could
> have been a Great Knot.
> Does anyone know the URL of the RAOU website?
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