Subject: Broome
From: "Turnstone Nature Discovery" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 12:02:18 +0800
Well its getting to that time of year. Migrants have been arriving for many weeks now.
The first evidence was the Wood Sandpiper I first sighted it this season at the Derby Sewerage works 30/7/03. We now have dozens around the Broome area along with a few Long-toed Stints.
We did however start seeing Oriental Pratincoles and Little Curlews on 19/7/03 these could have been early returns but were most likley birds overwintering. The last 2 species have yet to arrive in numbers and we are expecting them any day now.
Oriental Plovers have been around for a few weeks now with the odd one roosting in the vast flocks of waders on the beach. This species is much more at home on the Grasslands of Roebuck Plains.
The Waders in Roebuck Bay are increasing by the minute with 12-13 thousand already easily seen along the Northern Shores at hight tide. I have already seen Juv's of Red Knot, Curlew Sandpipers, and Black -tailed Godwits. Broad-bills are not easy to find at the moment not sure why and Dowitcher numbers have dropped off slightly. We usuall find this happens for a few weeks when the adults start to return but by Mid October numbers should increase to 30 or 40.
Yellow Wagtails have yet to arrive usually at the end of September early October for this species. Their usual haunt the Broome Sewerage where upto 50 were present last year is being re vamped and is very busy with construction vehicles and not much bird life present as yet.
As Mike mentioned the other day the first Fork-tailed Swift for the season turned up the other day 4/9/03 what will turn up in the way of rare swifts this cyclone season. (not many I hope as I will be in South Australia for most of the wet)
Well Ill keep you posted on recent highlights as they come to hand.
Cheers Adrian Boyle
Turnstone Nature Discovery
08 9192 8585
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