Re: Common Sandpiper on Barwon River

To: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Subject: Re: Common Sandpiper on Barwon River
Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 11:59:07 +1000

Hi Stuart,

I  just went through the archives, and found a couple of sightings of Common Sandpipers around Port Philip Bay in May:

1st May 2001: Mornington Peninsula by Bett Mitchell

5 May 2000: Yarraville by Ian Temby

And an interesting comment by Tony Russell about the year round residents at Penrice Slat fields:

From what i can gather they are more likely to over-winter than most waders.


"Stuart Cooney" <>
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04/05/2004 08:40 AM

"Birding Aus" <>
[BIRDING-AUS] Re: Common Sandpiper on Barwon River

Hi Peter,

A quick look at HANZAB suggests that this is a very unusual sighting.  They
say that birds rarely are reported in winter south of 26°S, with a reporting
rate of 0.3%.  They also say "rarely winter in NSW or Vic."

Has anyone else any thoughts?


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