Phillip Island sighting - sanderling or red neckedstint?

Subject: Phillip Island sighting - sanderling or red neckedstint?
From: "John Graff" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 16:09:34 +1030
Reckon its a Sanderling. White wing bar is broader than a red-necked stint's
and the bill looks a little too long. This also fits better with the habitat
as Sanderlings tend to favour surf beaches.

John Graff

From: Cheryl Ridge <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Phillip Island sighting - sanderling or red
neckedstint? Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 22:26:52 -0700 (PDT)


We took a trip to Phillip Island (Vic) on Sunday 25/3.
At one of the surf beaches (Forrest Caves)
I came across a small bird fossicking in the shallows.
It was alone - the only other birds
I observed whilst there were Pacific Gulls (adults and
immature). The small bird was not at all concerned
with the close presence of the Gulls and in fact I
managed to get quite close views. But being a novice
(and particularly where waders are concerned) I had no
idea what it was.

When I got home I searched the net and asked around -
some other people suggested it may be a Red Necked
Stint (non breeding plumage? etc). A couple of other
people have since suggested Sanderling because of the
whiter plumage and shape of the beak.

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