|Subject:||Possible Marsh Sandpiper at Mason Park, Sydney|
|Date:||Sun, 19 Oct 2008 15:05:53 +0800|
after Lorne Johnson's report of a Pectoral Sandpiper I went out to Mason Park to see if I could find it... After about half and hour of searching through the sharpie's I wasn't able to identify any Pectorals. If it was there I definetly would have seen it, but I desperatley needed a scope.
Even so, I still saw a fair number of birds and its nice to see the migratory waders back.
Great Egret - 2 feeding
Australian White Ibis
Marsh Sandpiper - possible
Sharp-tailed Sanpiper - 30-40
Curlew Sanpiper - 5
Masked Lapwing - 4 on island
Red-kneed Dotterel - 5, 2 pairs and 1 alone
Black-fronted Dotterel - 2
Black-winged Stilt - many, some with chicks
Red-rumped Parrrot - 5 flying over
Common Koel - pair
Figbird - 1 landed on a traffic light near Rhodes
The possible Marsh Sandpiper was seen in the northern section of the wetland. It stood out from the sharpies because of its lack of colouration and its bill shape. It was a light grey with draker grey on the wings, but not as much grey on the neck as a Greenshank. Its bill was about the same as a stilt, but very thin and black. The legs looked greyish-pale yellow. It wasn't associating with any of the stilts and it was feeding with the sharpies. It was taller than the sharpies, but not as tall as the stilts.
Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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