Common Sandpiper old records at Uriarra Crossing

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>, 'Harvey Perkins' <>
Subject: Common Sandpiper old records at Uriarra Crossing
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 23:48:29 +0000

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One other little thing I can add is that when I participated for several years in the 1970s in the Westernport Bay wader surveys, it was regular to find one Common Sandpiper each year at the rock walls at the one spot near Tooradin and not at other places. This was different from other waders, in that it was typically away from the obvious big expanse places where there were masses of other species of waders. So, on that tiny sample size, I have an impression that Common Sandpiper will return to a specific suitable habitat.




From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 7:43 AM
To: Harvey Perkins
Cc: Jack & Andrea Holland; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Sandpiper still at Isabella Pond


EBird also shows a record (logged against Woodstock NR but almost certainly the same site seen from a different angle) in March 2006.  


The eBird records are a bit thin as the period of observation is well before EBird came into the COG mindset.  Looking at the more detailed information BirdInfo on the COG website gives a pretty good idea of when it was around.  Has anyone given any thought to updating that extremely useful material?




On Tue, 29 Oct 2019 at 07:13, Harvey Perkins <> wrote:

I did, actually, Jack.


The Common Sandpiper at Uriarra Crossing was in 2003-4 and 2004-5. Published on CBN 30 (2) June 2005. But it had also been there in September 2002 which is what triggered my observations.

In 2003-4 it was around for at least a month from 29 December, but it's not known how long it hung around for. 

In 2004-5, with more systematic observing, it seems it was around from at least 22 Oct 2004 to 26 March 2005. 





On Mon, 28 Oct 2019 at 15:53, <> wrote:

Hello Harvey, did you ever check back to when you used to see it for a number of years at Uriarra Crossing and then wrote it up for CBN?  Looking at the Bird Info data on the COG web site, I expect it was from 2004-2006 as this co-incides with the highest peak in reports.


Many thanks


Jack Holland


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