Black-tailed Godwits near Adelaide!

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Subject: Black-tailed Godwits near Adelaide!
From: Pat and Ian May <>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 21:13:32 +1030
Hello Birders

This afternoon at about 1600 hrs a flock of 128 Black-tailed Godwits,
many in near full breeding plumage, alighted on a small island near the
western end of the "central" track at Penrice Saltfields.  Flying in
from the direction of the St Kilda mudflats, they joined a flock of
about 20 Grey Plover and one Bar-tailed Godwit resting on the island,
however the Blackwits were much more unsettled.

About 4 km south of the Godwits was a Terek Sandpiper feeding with
Red-necked Stints, probably the same bird that has been seen near this
spot for the past three weeks.

Recently, Adelaide has experienced several days with strong southerly
winds and more is forecast over the coming week.  It appears that many
waders are departing on these weather conditions as the local population
has diminished to less than half the numbers present just over one week


Ian May

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