Ash Island & the Central Coast

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Subject: Ash Island & the Central Coast
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 20:02:53 +1000
Hi Birders,
Twice this week, on Thursday 16 August & Saturday 18th August I have carried out waterbird surveys on the Ash Island Ponds, part of Kooragang Island in the Hunter Estuary NSW, as part of the Birds Australia Ash Island Project. Highlights have been the number of Avocets on the Ponds, with 470 on Thursday & 333 on Saturday, and 74 & 184 Pied Stilts and 34 & 84 Shovellers respectively. On Thursday the first 3 Pacific Golden Plovers had returned to Ash Island together with 8 Curlew Sandpipers, and today there were 5 Eastern Curlews, and a pair of Pink-eared Duck. A female Musk Duck was also seen at the Wader Creek culvert. On the way back to the Central Coast (about 80 km to the south), a Wedge-tailed Eagle flew over the Freeway.
Meanwhile back on the Central Coast, the spring migrants are returning. A Rufous Whistler called loudly at Colongra Swamp, where the breeding by 150 pairs of Pied Cormorants was coming to an end on Monday 13th August. On that same day, White-breasted Woodswallows made their first spring appearance at both Chittaway Bay & Colongra Swamp. On Wednesday the first Greenshank was found at Tuggerah Bay and Fairy Martins were first seen on Friday.
Other interesting records was that of a Little Eagle at Kooree Camp, Central Mangrove on Tuesday, 21 Musk Ducks on Colongra Lake and a Grey Goshawk in the Colongra Forest on
Alan Morris
Central Coast FOC
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