Little Curlews at Ash Island, Hunter Region NSW

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Subject: Little Curlews at Ash Island, Hunter Region NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 21:17:28 +1100
Hi Birders,
The Little Curlews seen at Ash Island by Steve Roderick and Co during the Twitchathon on 28 October 2001 caused some degree of envy and disbelief in the hearts of the Central Coast Champions, as we had spent an hour at the Ash Island Ponds from 5-6 am on the same day without seeing those birds! However it is interesting to note that the first Australian record and world record for the Little Curlews came from 2 birds shot in a flock of 20 at nearby Maitland Racecourse on the 4th April 1839 by John Gould himself and these birds became the two type specimens for the species (see Goulds Handbook 1865). Prior to this the bird was unknown to science.
Subsequently they have been recorded in the Hunter Region on a  number of occasions since viz:
21/9/1968 Kooragang Island
12/12/1969    Kooragang Island
15/2/1975    2 Kooragang Island
21/10/1980    1 Harrington
8/3/1984    32 Kooragang Island
10/1/1985    2 Wentworth Swamp, Maitland
6/1/1991    2 Wentworth Swamp, Maitland
16-29/10/1994    7 Kooragang Island & 18/10/1994 1 at Ash Island
So that 3 at Ash Island on 28/10/2001 although uncommon in the Hunter were not unexpected as they have been seen at Ash Island before and occasionally at Kooragang Island, not to mention Wentworth Swamp and the Racecourse at Maitland, and the date is consistant with its known occurrence in the Hunter.
The Little Curlew is not on the Review List for the NSW Records Appraisal Committee. It is a pity that the birds did not stay around so that others might have the opportunity to see them.
However Ash Island continues to provide good birding, as late this afternoon when in the company of Liz Crawford & Chris Herbert we were fortunate to find a Grey Plover on the Duck Pond!
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer
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