Yellow Wagtail at Ash Island

To: "'Jack Shapiro'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Yellow Wagtail at Ash Island
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 21:10:51 +1000

It is always interesting to hear that the Yellow Wagtails are still making their annual returns to Ash Island (but not always on Wagtail Way, and some probably miss being seen by birdos because of suitable habitat elsewhere). I believe Yellow Wagtails (and other Wagtail species) could also be fairly regular to other parts of Newcastle/Sydney!


I have reported a Yellow Wagtail as late as the 1st of April a few years back. Has there been any later reports than this, of Yellow Wagtails in NSW?


Jack, did you manage to check out the Newcastle breakwater for Terns (and possible Franklin’s Gull)?




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Sent: Thursday, 31 March 2005 6:35 AM
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Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Yellow Wagtail at Ash Island


Yesterday, 30/3/05, Adrian O’Neill & I visited the Newcastle area.

First, we looked around at Ash Island, where a large flock of White Ibis (over 200) and many Straw-necked Ibis were feeding along side the road.

Along Wagtail Way we saw and had good views of a magnificent Yellow Wagtail in full breeding plumage. It preferred to stay at a distance of about 20-30 meters from us, feeding around the pebbled road along with Welcome Swallows, Australian Pipits and White-fronted Chats. From the roadside we also saw some Avocets and Black-winged Stilts, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers & Greenshanks. A Nankeen Kestrel flew overhead.

At Stockton Bridge/Fern Bay, which we reached at high tide, we saw a flock of several thousand Avocets, Red Knots, a small flock of Eastern Curlews, and another mixed flock of Black-tailed Godwits/ Bar-tailed Godwits, Pied Oystercatchers, Wimbrels, and some Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Newcomers, which later joined the Godwits were mostly in rufous-red rich breeding plumage

At the banks of the Hunter River next to the Stockton Bridge we saw many Superb Fairy-wrens, juveniles, females or males in eclipsed plumage.

In all it was good birding for a rainy day.

Adrian O’Neill
Jack Shapiro

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