Birds around Newcastle

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Subject: Birds around Newcastle
From: "Alan Stuart" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 08:06:09 +1100
There is still a Pectoral Sandpiper on Ash Island near Newcastle.  I found it at 7.30 last night, near the NE corner of the westernmost pond (Creek 4 pond) of the main pond system.  After I had watched it for about a minute, it walked into some long grass and I didn't see it again in another 30 minutes or so of searching.  So it's not surprising that some people are finding it and some are not.  There are many Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in the same area, by the way.
Out at Cedar Hill Drive, most people are finding a male painted Snipe but I have received several reports where a female bird has also been seen, and sometimes the two birds being out in the open together.
Alan Stuart
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