Crescent Honeyeaters & Sharp-tailed Sandpipers

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Subject: Crescent Honeyeaters & Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 21:03:36 +1000
Hi Birders,

Edwin Vella recently reported on that fact that 7 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were still present at Pitt Town Common, NSW on 24/4/05, which is a late date for the species. I was able to find 5 at Picnic Point, The Entrance, NSW today. This is a late date for them because usually none overwinter in NSW, and the latest date for departure that I have been able to find recently was 15/4/1993 at Minmi, NSW.

Crescent Honeyaters are known to wander around coastal areas in winter in NSW, so the one seen by Tom Wilson today at Warriewood wetlands, is not unexpected. On 24/5/05 Graeme Catt and others saw one in the heath at Munmorah SCA, where it was associated with Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters. The last Central Coast record was in July 2002 (2nd record) and the first record was for one in Munmorah SCA in 1964.

Two other local birds of note were 3 Red-necked Avocets at Budgewoi Lake on 30/4/05, only the 4th record, and 9 Eastern Curlews at The Entrance on 1/5/05, a large number for the CC.

Alan Morris
Central Coast Group, Birding NSW
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