Long-billed Dowitcher

Subject: Long-billed Dowitcher
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 95 09:41:22 EST
News just in is that two Long-billed Dowitchers have been sighted on 
private property at Barry's Beach near Wilson's Promontory over the week 
end. One of the birds was caught, photographed, banded and released. 
Mike Carter looked for them yesterday without success. This may have 
been because they were frightened by the cannon nets ( I know I would be) 
anyone wishing to look for these birds will need to get permission from 
the land owners.  Unfortunately the roost where the birds were caught is  
only used on very extreme high tides.  So with this one there will be a 
higher than usual amount of luck for anyone considering going for them. 
I have to admit that I have severe reservations about the usefulness of 
banding waders, mainly because I have seen so many killed in the process. 
Habitat preservation and regular counts surely would be a much more useful 
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