Common Sandpiper on Barwon River

To: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Subject: Common Sandpiper on Barwon River
Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 14:16:36 +1000

HI All,

I had,  what had to be my strangest and most unexpected tick on Saturday.  

I was walking along the Barwon River (End of Sheepwash Rd, Barwon Heads, Victoria) on route to search for Orange Bellied Parrots  in the saltmarsh along the riverside.  I stepped down onto a sandy part of the river bank and walked a couple of metres along it, only to have a Common Sandpiper land 5 meters in front of me.  I frooze so it didn't fly off, and scoped it for a good 5 minutes getting excellent detail, but it was easily identifiable the instant it landed by the bobbing motion it made.

Its the first time i've seen a Common Sandpiper and it was a very unexpected tick for me being the first day of May. Is it normal for Common Sandpipers to be around this late in the year?

There were also a pair of Flame Robins at Marcus HIll on the Bellerine Peninsula, and another pair at Lake Connewarre.

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