Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Mulligan's??

To: 'Julie Clark' <>, 'COG Chatline' <>
Subject: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Mulligan's??
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:30:49 +0000

I agree with you. Though the sharp division along the breast looks more like a Pectoral Sandpiper but that is much less likely. It is in between plumage stages. Also the reddish above, especially on top of head is pretty distinctive of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Possibly never at Mulligan's before (I would not know) but considering that it has just arrived from the other side of the world and they are regulars on any suitable spot, a new location is hardly surprising.




From: Julie Clark [
Sent: Monday, 16 October, 2017 5:05 PM
To: COG Chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Mulligan's??


Hi All,


In addition to seeing the Black-winged Stilt (as reported yesterday on eBird by Patrick Wylie) I also saw this  bird ... photo  link attached...


I believe it may be a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, but having never seen one anywhere before and noting that there has never been a sighting of one at Mulligan's before, I wanted to check the Id before submitting my eBird list.



Confirmation or correction of my Id would be much appreciated.





Julie Clark


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