Chiltern birdlife query - Godwit

Subject: Chiltern birdlife query - Godwit
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 08:41:28 +1100
Checked the Eremaea web site for observations of Chiltern birds after Tim 
Dolby responded to John Tongue yesterday and found some 'interesting' 
sightings reported.

There's a report by Anthony Katon who apparently saw a Bar-tailed Godwit 
at Lake Anderson.  This site is in the caravan park in Chiltern township. 
This species would be new to this areas list (and local naturalists have 
never seen one).  The record is in Chiltern cell 27743 and appears to have 
been there for a month (!?).

I seem to remember that Richard Alcorn made some comments on the list 
about checking or accepting such sightings in the last 6 months or so but 
cannot remember what his response was.  Is any Eremaea data passed onto 
the Birds Australia Atlas?

Others may be aware that Bar-tailed Godwits chiefly inhabit coastal 
beaches and mudflats but very rarely on inland lakes.  None have so far 
been recorded from north east Victorian wetlands.

Interested in comments of Chiltern birdos and those who know the area.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
PO Box 500
East Melbourne  3002


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