Lesser Yellowlegs AWOL on the SW Rocks Flood Plain

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Subject: Lesser Yellowlegs AWOL on the SW Rocks Flood Plain
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 19:52:18 +1000
Colin, Rob and I popped down from Brisbane to SW Rocks yesterday, hoping that the rain spreading down the east coast hadn't led the Yellowlegs to fly the coop. [Yes, we were late going on a twitch because it took a while for a travel window for the three of us to open].

We drove through a series of moderate to heavy showers on the way down - Needle-tailed Swifts were quite numerous to the north and south of Coffs Harbour.

We arrived in Jerseyville [taking Plumber's Lane from the Hwy] late in the morning to find that the bird had last been seen buggering off in a westerley direction earlier that day. With the help of Ken Singleton, we checked out a number of wetlands along Boyter's Lane and Rainbow Reach Lane - we found the Marshies the Yellowlegs had been associating with, Shanks, Golds, Sharpies, Godwits and lots of Snipe, but no Yellowlegs.

We were planning to search again this morning, but a heavy downpour [Ken measured ~120 mm in his rain gauge] in the evening saw us bugging out of our campsite [to avoid inundation] and driving out to the Highway to avoid the possibility of being stranded in SW Rocks. After a bit of birding around Coffs Harbour [Rob found a Superb Lyrebird for Colin] we drove steadily north to get through before road was cut south of Ballina.

Ken is doing a stirling job keeping track of the Yellowlegs, and hopefully will be able to refind the bird when the floodplain dries out a bit.

Regards, Laurie.

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