Toorbul Wader Identification Day Report.

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Subject: Toorbul Wader Identification Day Report.
From: Phil & Linda Cross <>
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 22:38:42 +1000
Hi everyone,


A total of 34 people turned up for this identification day, two coming
from the Gold Coast and one from Toowoomba.  Once again, there were some
new faces keen to learn the finer points of wader identification.

The weather was fine and sunny with only a slight southeasterly breeze
allowing the birds to stay at the roosts for the whole period of the
high tide.

It was interesting to see the return of Lesser and Greater Sand Plover
and Red-necked Stint that was not recorded here when I visited the sites
with two other Ornithological Groups on 14.9.00.  Of special interest
was the sighting of two Grey-tailed Tattlers with blue leg flags that
had quite a number of people occupied trying to work out the positions
of the flags, which would identify the area in Japan that the birds were
banded.    We had three birds with leg flags as follows: -

1 Grey-tailed Tattler with blue flag on upper left leg and white flag on
lower left leg.  Banded in Obitsu Estuary, Tokyo Bay, Japan.
1 Grey-tailed Tattler with blue flag on upper left leg and metal band on
upper right leg.  Banded in Lake Furen, Hokkaido, Japan.
1 Great Knot with green flag on upper right leg.  Banded in Moreton Bay,

Bishops Marsh was dry, but 2 Brolga were seen as we passed by in the

Birds seen and heard (H) as follows: -

20 Black Swan, 5 Pacific Black Duck, 40 Chestnut Teal, 1 Australian
Pelican, 2 White-faced Heron, 2 Australian White Ibis, 1 Royal
Spoonbill, 1 Osprey, 1 Whistling Kite, 2 Brahminy Kite, 2 White-bellied
Sea-Eagle, 2 Brolga (at Bishops Marsh), 133 Bar-tailed Godwit, 100
Whimbrel, 250 Eastern Curlew, 9 Common Greenshank, 7 Terek Sandpiper,
138 Grey-tailed Tattler, 3 Ruddy Turnstone, 33 Great Knot, 1 Red Knot, 6
Red-necked Stint, 13 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Pied Oystercatcher, 12
Black-winged Stilt, 1 Pacific Golden Plover, 3 Red-capped Plover, 24
Lesser Sand Plover, 1 Greater Sand Plover, 13 Gull-billed Tern, 7
Caspian Tern, 8 Crested Pigeon, 4 Peaceful Dove, 2 Rainbow Lorikeets
checking out a nest hollow, 2 Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, 1 Pale-headed
Rosella, 1 Sacred Kingfisher, 1 Collared Kingfisher, 1 Striated
Pardalote, 1 Mangrove Gerygone, 1 Striped Honeyeater (H), 2 Noisy
Friarbird, 3 Noisy Miner, 2 Scarlet Honeyeater, 1 Rufous Whistler, 1
Leaden Flycatcher, 2 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, 1 Grey Butcherbird, 1
Australian Magpie, 4 Torresian Crow and 2 Welcome Swallow.

Linda Cross.

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