The Common Sandpiper was there most of the day. Last seen around 3:00 pm. The family of ducklings is only one family. I walked all round. Most of the day they
were at the eastern end. Parks and Gardens workers spraying weeds said they found one casualty on the bank, so initially 10 ducklings – no sign of the male seen with the family yesterday. Seems she is now a single parent.
Besides the Pied Stilt and Great Egret, also three Little Pied Cormorants and a White faced Heron.
From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Monday, 14 October 2019 5:26 PM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Common sandpiper
I have just come back from there. I again walked around the pond. The 1 pied stilt & 1 great egret are still there. Plus all the others as before. I did not find
the Common Sandpiper but that does not mean it isn’t there. I saw one adult black duck with 9 small ducklings, twice, on opposite sides of the pond. I am confused, is that two different families or did the family swim all the way across, past all the other
ducks and I did not see that. I did go out of view for 15 minutes or so to walk across the bridge. The dead wombat is now smelly and decomposing.
From: Kevin Windle
Sent: Sunday, 13 October, 2019 11:58 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Common sandpiper
Common sandpiper still at Isabella Pond, 10.00 this morning.
Also present: 1 pied stilt, 1 great egret, at least 3 white-winged trillers in song to north of pond, magpie larks nesting, 35+ grey teal, 3 hardheads, pair of black duck with