Shorebirds roosting on concrete walls

To: Alan Gillanders <>
Subject: Shorebirds roosting on concrete walls
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 07:19:19 +0800
Hi Jill,

There are retaining walls along the Hunter Estuary just north of the bridge and 
west side of the river. They should be visible in this link as a long line running north.

Many years ago they used to contain thousands of waders but these days numbers 
are greatly reduced here. Primarily they had tattler, curlew, godwit, smaller 
sands such as curlew & sharpy, stints and the occasional broad-billed!

We used to walk part of them as the wall was broken in a couple of places and 
it allowed us to get close without putting them up. This was used on any size 
tide but particularly the higher ones when birds would congregate. The whimbrel 
there used to roost in the mangroves along with tereks, common sands.

Hope this helps?



PS Purple Sand is the world's cutest wader;-)

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On 08/12/2010, at 06:43 , Alan Gillanders wrote:

Purple Sandpipers used to roost on the slipway of the rescue boat at Bembridge 
on the Isle of Wight in Britain. The members were always trying to raise funds 
but could not believe me when I said that birders would pay for the chance to 
get close to these birds.

From: "Jill Dening" <>
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 12:07 PM
To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Shorebirds roosting on concrete walls

> Hi Everyone,
> Please, I need information if you could take a moment to think.
> Does anyone know of a situation where coastal migratory shorebird flocks
> roost regularly on cement structures, as in a sea wall or revetment
> wall? It doesn't have to be in Australia, although that would be better
> if possible.
> If there is such a situation, the next thing I would like to know, if
> possible, is which species are prepared to stand on concrete.
> Taking the question further, I would like to hear from people who know
> of shorebirds roosting on other artificial structures or surfaces. I'm
> not asking about birds like cormorants or pelicans, rather, migratory
> shorebirds.
> The answers may help in informing for an upcoming proposed artificial
> roost. And no, I am NOT building another artificial roost, not me. The
> politics of the last one turned me into an old woman.
> Cheers,
> Jill
> --
> Jill Dening
> Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
> 26° 51' 41"S 152° 56' 00"E
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