Fw: [BIRDING-AUS] Sharp-tailed Sandpipers overwintering

Subject: Fw: [BIRDING-AUS] Sharp-tailed Sandpipers overwintering
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 14:38:06 +1000
 Edwin Vella asked

> > Has anybody ever recorded Sharp-tailed Sandpipers over-wintering
> > anywhere in Australia?

     The answer is yes. But it is an extremely rare occurrence, usually
 involving injured birds.

     My first knowledge of overwintering 'fit' birds was in the exceptional
year of 1992. Two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were present throughout June &
July at a wetland on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, which
we then called Boundary Road Wetland. See Carter & Sudbury (1993), 'Spotted
Redshank in Australia, Addendum', The Australian Bird Watcher, Vol. 15,
p156. Melbourne Water is now reinstating and preserving this
wetland which is to be renamed Banyan, 'Waterhole', 'Wetland' or 'Swamp'.

    Sharp-tailed Sandpipers are also staying late in Victoria this year.
Euan Fothergill saw 57 at the Eastern Treatment Plant, (1 km from the site
referred to above) on 24 April, along with a Marsh and a Common Sandpiper.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

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