Mungarannie horror story

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Subject: Mungarannie horror story
From: Teet Sirotkin <>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 17:38:05 +0100

Just got back from three weeks of hardcore birding in Australia,
including CBW's, Red Goshawk, several sp of rare grasswrens and
buttonquail, etc. Will get back with a trip report shortly. Meanwhile I
want to share a frustrating event with you.

While on our way to search for the Eyran Grasswrens at Mungarannie
Roadhouse (S of Birdsville) ca 26 oct I noticed a Tringa wader on the
edge of the well. Foolishly enough i discarded it immidiately as a wood
sand. When I walked past the bird it took off and I thought I'd hear a
call to determine the species. To my horror the bird took to wings
silently and showed the prominent contrast between upperparts and upper
tail so typical for green sand. It also had the typical clipping flight
of that species. In Sweden I would not have hesitated to name the bird a
green sand on this alone. Wood sand almost always calls when it takes
off. Green sand quite often don't. Needless to say, I didn't see the
bird again. Now I see there's a report from Alice of a (possible?) green
sand a few weeks earlier that makes the observation even more
interesting. Oh, well, I never will know. And it might still have been a
wood sand. ANyway, keeps me awake at night.



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