At 22:27 05/08/2002 +1000, Laurie&Leanne Knight wrote:
While I couldn't look them up in HANZAB today, I noticed a record from the
Aust bird observation site that a correspondent had commented about a
12 August 2000.
My question for the wader experts is, what is the earliest "spring" record
Latham's Snipe in Australia, and do they fly directly to their austral summer
haunts or in stages down the east coast? I suspect snipe heading to taswegia
might stage, where the ones that set up shop in SEQ might come here directly.
Are the snipe normally the first of the northern hemisphere migrants to
I must say that I am highly impressed with their capacity to breed and fledge
their young in Asia in time to get back to Aus just past the depth of
alright, we don't get a real winter in SEQ, but this is the best time of year
for snow further south.
Does this early return mean that the snipe prefer Australia to Asia [you'd
they would spend longer in their breeding territory than their non-breeding
territory] or could some sort of environmental change be motivating them
up earlier than usual?
Just a thought, but ...
Many first year waders (e.g. Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, knots,
godwits, etc) don't return to breed until their second (or later)
year. For some waders the whole population seems to return (e.g. Oriental
Plover, Long-toed Stint, etc). However, the question is - Do the first
year birds breed when they return the first time? Or do they wait until
they are two or even three?
If the young birds do not breed, then could the non breeding snipe possibly
return earlier than the breeding population?
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://members.iinet.net.au/~foconnor
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