Yellow Wagtail at Ash Island, near Newcastle

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Subject: Yellow Wagtail at Ash Island, near Newcastle
From: "Trevor Quested" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 19:21:07 +1100
Fred van Gessel and I saw the Yellow Wagtail at Ash Island which is part of
Kooragang Island at the mouth of the Hunter River near Newcastle, NSW today.
We were at the same place we saw them last year, the line of wooden power
poles near the railway line about half way along the track.  The roads
seemed to be much better than last year around the island and a 2wd car
could easily travel along them.

We saw about 20 Marsh Sandpipers and they flew as a flock over the railway
line. We climbed over the fence and walked up and over the railway and there
we were looking at a large lake.  A scan through the ducks produced 8
Freckled Ducks, a Musk duck, a pair of Wandering Whistle Ducks with 2 young.

Other good birds on Ash Island were several Tawny Grassbirds, 6 Greenshanks,
2 Brown Quail, 1 Banded Rail, among the 49 native species.

If anyone is going for them and needs directions, please let me know.

Trevor 0411 863 955

Trevor & Annie Quested

Sydney, Australia

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