Kooragang Island, Newcastle

Subject: Kooragang Island, Newcastle
From: Jim Smart <>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 18:34:32 +1100
Hello birders,

Alan Stewart, President of the Hunter Bird Observers Club, has reported on the club's monthly wader count in the Hunter estury as follows:

Ash Island was great this morning, with over 3500 birds present including 2400 waders. There were about 1200 Sharp-tailed sandpiper, 314 Marsh Sandpiper (this is the most I've ever seen there), 129 Greenshank, 35 Golden Plover, 239 Black-winged Stilt and 380 Red-necked Avocet. Also, nearly 800 teal, in about equal numbers of both of the species.

Also, we saw a pair of Brown Songlark and heard at least 2 other birds. The pair we saw were near the area south of the radar huts where an experiment in salt marsh rehabilitation is underway.

Watch out for baby Red-capped Plovers on Wagtail Way, about 50m from Crake Corner.

And there were also many many birds on Stockton Sandspit during the high
tide survey this morning. Even 4 hours later when I got around there, it was still pretty good out there.



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