Re: Ruff?? at Australind WA

Subject: Re: Ruff?? at Australind WA
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 09:40:27 +1000
At 23:26 10/10/98 +0800, Frank wrote:
>I received a phone call early this morning (Saturday 10th) from Diana
>O'Connor who is visiting WA from Queensland.
>She reported a couple of different waders from Australind near Bunbury.  I
>very much doubt her possible identification as Long-billed Dowitchers, but
>from what she described there is a very good chance that they were Ruff.
>Australind is just north of Bunbury (about 2 hours south of Perth).  She was
>staying at the caravan park.  The road passes close along the shore of the
>Leschenault Inlet.  The birds were slightly north of the caravan park, about
>50 metres from the road.
>I rang George & Rita Watkins who live close by this evening, and they had
>coincidentally been looking at waders at the mouth of the Collie River.
>They saw 8 Terek Sandpipers which are not common in the south west.  No
>sighting of anything unusual, but they will have a look tomorrow at Australind.

In defence of Diana's observations, she's a very careful and competent observer,
having done a lot of work with the local Wader Study Group in Brisbane.  
She would also be familiar with Dowitchers from Brisbane.

Perhaps I mis-understood your writing but I'm sure that she wouldn't confuse
Ruff with Long-billed Dowitchers.  (Did she perhaps report both?).

Clearly one has to take care with wader reports, and confirmation with photos
would be best, but I'd take her reports seriously



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