Unusual Wader at Broome, WA

Subject: Unusual Wader at Broome, WA
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 15:24:44 +1000

Dear Birding-Ausers,

I was on the second Ashmore Reef trip out of Broome in early November.  As has
been reported earlier by Mike Carter both Ashmore Reef trips were very
successful, particularly ours with 3 vagrant species seen on an island at the
Reef and some good seabirds seen on the way to and from the Reef.

What hasn't been widely reported to date is that, immediately prior to the
second trip on 27 October, I was in a party that saw an unusual wader in Roebuck
Bay.  With Fred Smith and Ross and Jann Mulholland, I observed a dark stint for
half an hour or so on the beach in front of the Broome Bird Observatory on a
receeding tide.  While we didn't have any good wader texts with us (supposedly
concentrating on this trip on seabirds), our preliminary conclusion was that the
most likely identification would be Temminck's Stint.  Now that we are home, we
are working to firm up our identifiation and prepare a suitable report.

While I believe several have people looked for "our" bird subsequently, I have
not heard of any further sightings.  I would be very interested to hear if the
bird is relocated.


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