Ash Island & the Central Coast NSW

To: "Phil Straw" <>, <>
Subject: Ash Island & the Central Coast NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 18:33:53 +1000
Hi Birders,
On my regular survey of the Ash Island Ponds today, (Ash Island, part of Kooragang Island, lower Hunter Esturary, Lat 32 52 05, Long 151 43 07) I saw two waders close to each other , each wearing an orange flag on the right leg. One bird was a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and the other was a Red-necked Stint. The birds were within 40 metres of each other. Waders present included 78 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 4 Red-necked Stint, 4 Pacific Golden Plover, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Red-capped Plover, 4 Black-fronted Dotterel, 4 Eastern Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Greenshank, 10 Marsh Sandpiper, 403 Avocet & 38 Black-winged Stilts, no ducks but sundry other waterbirds were present including Swamp Harriers, Whistling Kites, Tawny Grassbirds and White-breasted Woodswallows.
There was a Spotted Crake in the north-western corner of the Swan Pond, and despite exentive looking, I could not find the Australian Bittern in the north-east corner of the Swan Pond where I had finally located the bird on 29 August 2001.
Down here on the Central Coast, Striped Honeyeater nesting is underway, Yellow-rumped Thornbills are nesting at Picnic Pt, The Entrance, while Red-capped Plovers are nesting in the fenced Little Tern nesting site at Karagi Pt The Entrance. A single Pink-eared Duck & 7 Shovellers were reported from the Tuggerah STW on 2 September.
Alan Morris
Central Coast FOC
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