Re: oystercatchers

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Subject: Re: oystercatchers
From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 22:13:47 +1030
Aangela Paltridge wrote:

> Last weekend I was at the Murray River mouth and saw a group of 86
oystercatchers.  36 of these were definitely Pied Oystercathers, and the
others were
> too far away (& it was too hazy) to identify as Pied or Sooty.  I've
never seen this many OC in one place - is this a significant record?

As far as my experience goes with Oystercatchers I would say that you have
seen a rather large number all at once. 

I have called up all my records on my Database of both species and have
made the following observations:

PIED OYSTERCATCHER - usually in twos or threes only - the most was 9 at
Port Davis (south of Port Pirie) on 6/2/82 and 4 at Nelson (Victoria) on

SOOTY OYSTERCATCHER - my records show that they occur in numbers from 1 - 7
- my largest group sighting was 15 at Port Augusta on 16/6/78 and 10 at
Port Elliot on 21/1/90.

Pizzey and Knight's Field Guide says that the Sooty "is less common that
the Pied"
 - this is not my experience in South Australia - what have other observers

Trevor Hampel 
Murray Bridge

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