Yellow Wagtails at Ash Island, Newcastle

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Subject: Yellow Wagtails at Ash Island, Newcastle
From: John Reidy <>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2003 18:44:24 +1100
Visited Ash Island today with Margaret and Greville Reidy and were
delighted to find 3 Yellow Wagtails. Two had distinct clear white
eyebrows, while the third had a yellowish eyebrow, but otherwise in
almost complete breeding plumage i.e. brilliant yellow. They moved
between "wagtail alley" and the eastern side of the water, settling at
times in the tops of the mangroves and onto small muddy islands. They
tended to stay together. Very few waders there, though, perhaps half a
dozen Red Necked Stints and a single Sharp Tailed Sandpiper. At the
Stockton bridge wader roost there were 100s of Eastern Curlews, many
hundreds (1,000s?) of Red Necked Avocets, Pied Stilts, a few Great and
Red Knots, one Curlew Sandpiper, and hundreds of Bar Tailed and Black
Tailed Godwits, some in brilliant breeding plumage.
Great stuff!

John Reidy
Phone 02 9871 4836
Fax 02 9871 2616
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