Yes, there are quite a few WW terns out at Lk Atkinson at the moment.
I think that at least 10% of the marsh terns there are WWs. I also
dipped on the little curlews both times I went out there, even though I
circumnavigated the main water body. The only wading birds of note
were a dozen glossy ibis, a species I don't see in great numbers around
What I find interesting about Lk Atkinson is the almost complete
absence of the waders you find in abundance at nearby Bill Gunn Dam -
no marsh sandpipers, no sharpies, no black fronted or red kneed
dotterels, no snipe etc, and very few BW stilts. Just a flock of
avocets and a couple of godwits. I guess it must have something to do
with the large number of cattle about.
On Sunday, January 4, 2004, at 09:53 AM, Christopher wrote:
I checked out the Lake a few days ago after a few kind posters had -
period of weeks - mentioned spotting Little Curlews & Pratincoles (or
No luck w/- the aforementioned, but good fun anyway. More to the
noticed some birds among a small group of Whiskered Terns which didn't
much like the juveniles or out-of-season adults I had seen before at
My binocs are nothing flash and, lacking something to brace them on,
up to the task of delivering a clear view at the higher mag. levels.
Stoopid me left my ratty old copy of Slater Slater Slater in the car,
couldn't check for diagnostic differences while actually lookin' at the
birdies in question.
When I got home, I checked in Simpson& Day, Pizzey&Doyle, National
Photographic Index "Shorebirds" and Readers Digest "Complete Book".
seemed to confirm what I had gleaned from Slater: the birds appeared
White Winged Terns.
Could anyone who has been to the Lake recently confirm the presence of
Winged Terns? I'm moderately certain these are what I spotted, but I'm
unfamiliar with the critters and - as I said - my optics are a bit
for longer-distance work.
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