French Island (Vict.) trip - Rams Island 10 Aug '02

Subject: French Island (Vict.) trip - Rams Island 10 Aug '02
From: John Boyce <>
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 10:41:14 +1000
Hi Martin,
as you probably know Red and (to a lesser extent) Great Knot are
absolutely reliable at Phillip Island at Observation Pt. During Summer I
have never missed on Red Knot over about the last 10 years, Great Knot
are usually also there but at much lower numbers (up to 100+ Red,
usually only 2-5 Great). However, it is surprising to see them in
breeding plumage at this time of the year.

> From: Martin  on 12/08/2002 09:17 AM
> To:   
> cc:   Martin 
> Subject:  French Island (Vict.) trip - Rams Island 10 Aug '02
> The Friends of French Island had another successful outing on Saturday 10
> August.  This time for our annual checking of the shell-grit situation and
> weeding of the little Rams Island for tern breeding.
> The tide was coming in and we arrived on the southern shores of French Island
> (with parks Victoria support) to the site of a few hundred waders busily
> foraging on the beach between hide tide mark and Rams Island a few hundred
> metres out.  To many people's surprise, including a regular Western Port wader
> survey participant (Betty Mitchell), we observed some Red and Great Knots 
> with a
> few Red Knot in superb breeding plumage with rusty-red fronts.  In addition,
> some of the knots had yellow leg-flags and we saw a number of orange-flagged
> waders as well.
> Species observed were:
> Double-banded Plover ~100
> Great Knot 2
> Red Knot 52 (at least two in breeding plumage)
> Curlew-Sandpiper ~150
> Red-necked Stint ~200
> Turnstone 7 (most in breeding plumage)
> Eastern Curlew 1
> Red-capped plover 2
> Pied Oystercatcher 2
> I understand knots are infrequently recorded in Western Port Bay so these
> observations are interesting.  Great to come across a mixed flock of
> overwintering waders so close to Melbourne.
> Can anyone advise me of the status of yellow-flagged birds in Victoria.  Are
> they birds flagged in Western Australia?
> cheers, Martin
> Martin O'Brien
> Executive Scientific Officer, Scientific Advisory Committee
> Department of Natural Resources and Environment
> 4/250 Victoria Pde., East Melbourne  3002
> Tel: 9412 4567  Fax: 9412 4586
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John Boyce
Department of Microbiology
Monash University
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