Caloundra sandbanks, SEQld 23.1.03

To: birding-aus <>, Barbara Dickson <>, Jill Harbison <>, Judy Coles <>, <>, Darcelle Hegarty <>, <>, <>
Subject: Caloundra sandbanks, SEQld 23.1.03
From: jilldening <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:16:52 +1000
Hi All,

Below is a list of all birds and numbers seen on the Caloundra sandbanks on
Thursday, 23rd January, 2003 . Our numbers are about 10,000 down on the
previous week. Never before have we had such a high number of White-winged
Black Terns, suggesting to me that a fair amount of movement is taking
place. It is also possible that we missed birds in bad viewing conditions,
but that assumes that birds arrived further away than is normally the case.

Common Tern    8510
Crested Tern    64
Gull-billed Tern    2
Little Tern    3120
White-winged Tern    3100
Terns unidentified    1860 (Commons, White-wings & Littles)
Silver Gull    425
Eastern Curlew    7
Whimbrel    14
Bar-tailed Godwit    194
Great Knot    5
Curlew Sandpiper    79
Red-necked Stint    4
Greater Sand Plover    43
Lesser Sand Plover    5
Pacific Golden Plover    173
Pied Oystercatcher    2
Australian Pelican    50
Pied Cormorant    37
Little Black Cormorant    2
Whistling Kite    2
Osprey    1
White-bellied Sea-Eagle    1

Total    17700

Still no sign of breeding plumage in Common Terns, although a few
individuals have already replaced all their outer primaries. A couple of
White-wings were showing the beginnings of change to breeding plumage.
Littles are further advanced, with many showing some yellow on the bill, and
a couple  in almost full breeding plumage (just an odd white feather still
in the cap). Still no sign of Littles from the southern breeding population.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51'     152º 56'
Ph (07) 5494 0994

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