Birdline Victoria Update - 2/9/01

To: Stuart Cooney <>
Subject: Birdline Victoria Update - 2/9/01
Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2001 19:24:58 +1000
Dear Stuart

My fault or yours or, most likely, a bit of both ?

I have NOT seen any "definite" Common Terns at Ricketts Point
this year.  

Last Friday 12 "commic" Terns were present and on Saturday 5. 
All those that I could get a proper look at were White-fronted
Terns, as were two seen by Mike Carter on Thursday.  

Some looked very like non-breeding Common Terns (because of a
dark "shoulder") but all that I could check had the white
trailing edge to their primaries which means they had to be

Incidentally on the Friday both Alex Farias and Moira Longden
were there too and, as I understand it, could identify only
White-fronted Terns. 

Friday was warm and calm. 12 Black-winged Stilts standing in the
shallows as the water rose to their "knees" and 2 early (for
Ricketts Point) Red-necked Stints provided compensation for the
struggle of identifying the terns.

Best wishes
Michael Norris
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