RE: [Birding-Aus] Re: Broad-billed Sandpiper & probable Little Stint at

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Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Re: Broad-billed Sandpiper & probable Little Stint at Lake McLarty near Mandurah, WA‏
From: John Graff <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:57:08 +0800
Hi all,


I returned to Lake McLarty today with Martin Cake. The wader numbers have 
increased significantly since Sunday. We were faced with time constraints, so 
we didn't get to the north and north-west sides of the lake and I didn't do a 
full wader count. We didn't see either the Broad-billed Sandpiper, the Little 
Stint or the wagtail. The waders were also quite flighty and moved from one 
side of the lake to the other and are spread all around the lake shore. There 
seem to be a lot of Pectoral Sandpipers around, we think at least 7, but 
possibly more. Stints were in the E, NE and SW sides of the lake, and probably 
in the NW too. Sharpies and Curlew Sands mainly in the NE, NW and SW. Little 
Curlew and PGP both where they were on Sunday. Also a Wood Sandpiper in the SW.

Rough wader count as follows;
Black-winged Stilt (2500+)
Red-necked Avocet (thousands, didn't go to north end though, so couldn't count, 
probably similar to Sunday)
Black-tailed Godwit (5)
Common Greenshank (20+, but probably more in north)
Marsh Sandpiper (4+, but probably more in the north again) 
Pacific Golden Plover (1)
Little Curlew (1)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (~2000)
Curlew Sandpiper (~500)
Pectoral Sandpiper (7+, could be over 10)
Wood Sandpiper (1)
Red-necked Stint (~1000)
Long-toed Stint (20+)
Red-capped Plover (100-200)

> From: 
> To: ; 
> Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 15:19:32 +0800
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Re: Broad-billed Sandpiper & probable Little Stint at 
> Lake McLarty near Mandurah, WA‏
> Should say "while most of the Sharpies were on the west side"
> Also, the Pec(s), Black-tailed Godwits and Marsh Sandpipers were also mostly 
> on the west side

> ____________________________________________________ 
> Hi all,
> Following on from Mark Stanley's report of Yellow Wagtail and Ruff, a number 
> of birders (15!), including me, descended on Lake McLarty yesterday (Sunday). 
> Neither the wagtail nor the Ruff were relocated as far as I know. However, 
> the Little Curlew is still present and a Broad-billed Sandpiper was also 
> found. Two people (Alan Collins and Mark Newman) also saw a probable Little 
> Stint in breeding plumage (note that there is also at least one Red-necked 
> Stint in breeding plumage at the lake). Alan is very experienced in terms of 
> wader ID, so he is probably right, however he isn't happy to call it for 
> certain without more confirmation. I didn't see it, but well worth keeping an 
> eye out if you're heading down there. There are also a number of other 
> 'uncommon' waders around, including at least 20 Long-toed Stints, so it's 
> well worth a visit. Most of the stints are on the eastern side of the lake, 
> along with the Broad-billed Sandpiper and the Little Curlew, while most of 
> the Sharpies 
> I walked all the way around the lake. Sightings of interest included;
> Chestnut Teal (1)
> Glossy Ibis (4)
> Pacific Golden Plover (1)
> Black-winged Stilt (2500+)
> Red-necked Avocet (~2500)
> Banded Stilt (1)
> Black-tailed Godwit (5)
> Common Greenshank (40+)
> Marsh Sandpiper (15+)
> Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1000+)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1+)
> Curlew Sandpiper (15+)
> Red-necked Stint (500+)
> Long-toed Stint (20+)
> Red-capped Plover (50+)
> Whiskered Tern (25+, left the lake early in the day, seemed to head for Peel 
> Inlet)
> Birders (15, high count)
> Apologies for the slight delay in the update, I thought some of the other 
> people at the lake might send an update.
> Cheers,
> John

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