More Newcastle NSW area records from 2.3.08

To: Graeme Stevens <>
Subject: More Newcastle NSW area records from 2.3.08
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 21:35:55 +1100
Sorry to rub it in Graeme, but as one of those people that were let through the roadworks on Ash Island, we had distant but long views of the Yellow Wagtail yesterday. It was a Cumberland Bird Observers Club outing and the power of a line of 15 cars approaching plus some gentle persuasion by Greg Little did the job!

Yellow Wagtail was seen on Wagtail with numerous Black-fronted Dotterels, Pipits and a Red-kneed Dotterel. One male White-fronted Chat seen also.

Certainly a good spot for Raptors - we saw Hobby, Brown falcon, Swamp Harrier, Whistling Kite and Sea-Eagle - but didn't see the Grey Goshawk!
Pheasant Coucal was also a nice addition to the days list.

Stockton sandspit in the afternoon gave us Curlew Sandpipers, Bar- tailed Godwits, Eastern Curlew, Grey-tailed Tattler, Red-capped Plover, Red-necked Stint, Caspian and Crested Terns.

Many thanks to Greg for his leadership!


On 03/03/2008, at 8:22 PM, Graeme Stevens wrote:

Penny Brockman and I were originally heading for Wagtail Way on Ash Island early in the morning but access was blocked by low loaders and other heavy plant, so we abandoned the attempt having been told more plant was arriving and if we were let through we may be unable to get out. Apparently others were let through an hour later with no problem. Clearly I need work on interpersonal skills or better deodorant or something!

Anyway back at the rainforest regeneration site on the island a Grey Goshawk made an overhead pass so that began to ease the pain.

We were just a tad late at the Stockton wader roost and the birds were already out on the flats. Nevertheless there were several species in view with some Bar-tailed Godwits coming into breeding plumage - two were flagged:
One with a yellow flag on the left leg (no band visible)
One with orange above dark green on the left leg and a yellow band visible on the right. We understand this one would have been banded locally?

At the end of the North Breakwater at the Hunter entrance we had an excellent view of a dark morph Arctic Jaeger, at one point directly overhead showing the tail points beautifully.

An excellent day even if the Wagtails are still waiting

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