Fwd: AWSG ref #59999: Lesser Sand Plover 16 Jan 2015 - Report of flag si

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Subject: Fwd: AWSG ref #59999: Lesser Sand Plover 16 Jan 2015 - Report of flag sighting to Observer
From: Chris Brandis <>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:51:36 +1100
Hi all
I was the main one who considered that the Sand Plovers at Lake Woolumboola were Greater but the banding data considers that they are Lesser based on the migratory path taken by Lesser and not Greater as below.

From: Australasian Wader Studies Group c/o Roger Standen Australia Email: Chris Brandis Dear Chris Brandis, Thank you for recording the details of the flagged wader that was recently sighted. We appreciate your action in reporting this information, which will contribute to our understanding of the migration of birds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. If you are not already doing so, could you please send in future sightings via the AWSG website form if possible. This form can be found at Please check the information given below and advise me if any details appear incorrect. A Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus was sighted in a flock of 5 birds by Chris Brandis at: Lake Wollumboola, near Culburra, NSW, Australia 34deg 59min 0sec S, 150deg 46min 0sec E on 16/01/2015 with flag(s) as follows: LEFT leg: nothing/unknown on tibia (upper leg) above nothing/unknown on tarsus
RIGHT leg: yellow flag on tibia (upper leg) above black flag on tarsus
This bird was flagged in Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia), approximate co-ordinates 56deg 50min N, 156deg 10min E, which uses the flag combination Yellow/Black. The resighting was a distance of approximately 10,224 km, with a bearing of 184 degrees, from the marking location. Plumage described as: Non-Breeding. This bird was reported as a Greater Sand Plover, but has been seen by several other people.There has been some confusion over whether it was a a lesser or greater. However, the flags are from Kamchatka and the Greater Sand Plovers don't make it through there so it has been asumed it is a Lesser. Thank you for contributing to shorebird research studies in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. The information you have helped to collect is valuable for scientific and conservation purposes. Please report to us any further flag sightings you may make in the future. This can be direct to or via the electronic form on the Australasian Wader Studies Group website: . Yours sincerely, Roger Standen, Leg Flag Sighting Database Operator, Australasian Wader Studies group Processed 05/02/2015, our reference: 00059999 (UNH04146). Note: this report has been sent only to you (the corresponder), and no copy has been sent to the observer.

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