Possible Pectoral Sandpiper

To: "'Thomas Wilson'" <>, "'birding aus'" <>
Subject: Possible Pectoral Sandpiper
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:42:00 +1100
Just arrived back from the Waterbird Refuge at Sydney Olympic Park where I
met up with fellow local birder, Adrian Hicks.  Neither of us saw a Pectoral
Sandpiper, but there were two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.  Most of the time the
Sharpies were either on the edge or just within the area of saltmarsh
furthest away from the hide, about 50 m to the right of the hide, probably
the same area that Tom saw his bird.  So I tend to agree with Max and others
that the possible Pectoral was indeed a Sharpie.

Kind regards,

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Thomas Wilson
Sent: Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:32 PM
To: birding aus
Subject: Possible Pectoral Sandpiper

Hi all
As noted, another observer went to look for the possible Pectoral Sandpiper
this morning and obtained better views than I got yesterday and photos.
Consensus on the Facebook page is that it is a Sharpie, albeit not quite out
of the field guide and (perhaps unusually) on its own.  Thanks Max
Breckenridge for the follow up.  And so a brief flurry of excitement dies
Tom Wilson 
> From: 
> To: 
> Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:32:25 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Possible Pectoral Sandpip
> Hi all
> I had a very ad hoc/unplanned trip to Sydney Olympic Park this morning 
> (20 Feb). At the waterbird refuge there was a single possible Pectoral
Sandpiper that would be worth checking out. It was seen working in and out
of the samphire near the water's edge about 50m to the right of the hide.
Views from the hide were restricted to head only and it was best seen when
looking back across the front of the hide (a long way) fr om the path.
Distinctive feature was a very white belly with heavily marked breast and
very distinct cut off between the two, which was what made me think
Pectoral. Legs yellowish. A pale supercilium extended well beyond the eye
and crown had no trace of chestnut. When it stood straight, it looked
"tall". No Sharpies on site for a size comparison and no pics possible
unfortunately (too far away and camera battery discovered to be flat -
that's what happens with ad hoc trips...). I have also reported this in the
NSW/ACT Birders Facebook site and I think there may be others heading out
tomorrow to check it out (hoping it's still there).
> Also at the hide was a small covey of Brown Quail (saw 1, reckon 6 
> based on locations of calls) in the long grass/scrub just to the right
when looking out of the hide. I didn't try to count the Red-necked Avocets
but a good number of them and several busy groups of Black-fronted Dotterels
too. There have been 3 Australasian Shovelers reported recently, but I could
not find t hem.
> At nearby Mason Park, there were about 40 Sharpies (although they flew off
and headed away before I could count properly). The flew off up the canal,
so may have been heading for a site on Parramatta River or somewhere like
that? There is a lone Pink-eared Duck at that site too.
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson
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