A quick note to advise that yesterday, 26/3/03, at 5pm there was a departure
of about 170 Bar-tailed Godwit from the Pumicestone Passage, SEQld. In fact,
we did not see the godwit rise from the Caloundra sandbanks. We saw the
birds come along the Passage over the sandbanks from south, quite high, and
then head out northwards through the entrance of the Passage at an estimated
altitude of 600ft. They were in formation, as I have observed before on such
occasions. Mind you, it is the first time I have seen godwit leave on
migration. But they behaved similarly to other species leaving. The wind was
easterly and very light, the weather fine and clear. It's a moment that
gives a shorebird watcher a lump in the throat.
There was also a big drop in the tern flock yesterday. I haven't totalled
the data, but it must have been around 11,000 - 12,000, down from the 39,000
of the previous week. Most of the missing terns are Commons, or so I believe
based on proportions of roosting birds.
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51' 152º 56'
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