Re: oystercatchers

To: Trevor Hampel <>
Subject: Re: oystercatchers
From: Laurie Living <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 20:54:14 +1000
Hi Trevor

Just a short note on pied oystercatchers........a flock numbering up to
160 regularly roosts at Stockyard Point in WesternPort Bay near
Melbourne, and a number of pairs nest on Barrilleur island nearby.

Laurie Living

Trevor Hampel wrote:

> 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
> 17/12/98
> 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
> recorded?
> Trevor Hampel
> Murray Bridge

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