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RTP / SPP at Broome
"Frank O\"Connor" <>
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:32:29 +0800
I have just been to Broome to twitch the Red-throated Pipit. I
arrived at lunch time on Monday. It had rained and it soon opened up
again. 40mm. The rain finally let up after 15:30. The Father
McMahon / Joseph "Nipper" Roe Sports Ovals near the water centre were
sodden. No wagtails. No pipits. Still none at 17:00. Had the rain
moved all the wagtails / pipits on? There were two snipe on Father
McMahon oval. There was a Green-headed Yellow Wagtail at the sewage
works. And about 30 Barn Swallows over the junction of Clementson
and Frederick Streets.
I was there again at 05:30 today (Tuesday). Still nothing. The
Silver Gulls and a few Australian White Ibis were having a feast on
the large numbers of grasshoppers on the oval. I was feeling very
pessimistic. Should have come last week!! But I had been preparing
for the WA Twitchathon.
Another visit at 08:30. Still nothing. But I thought I heard a
wagtail call somewhere. I walked over to look on the Joseph "Nipper"
Roe field. Nothing. Then I saw two Eastern Yellow Wagtails on the
Father McMahon field that must have just come in. And then I saw a
bird land at the far end of the Joseph "Nipper" Roe field. And there
in the scope was the Red-throated Pipit. I looked at it very quickly
and called George Swann. By the time I had hung up very soon after,
the bird was nowhere to be found. George and I looked around for
nearly an hour but no luck. A third Eastern Yellow Wagtail had
arrived and two Australasian Pipits.
Another look at 10:30. Still only the 3 EYWs and the two APs.
Another look at 12:30. Bingo!!! There it was at the far end of
Father McMahon oval. A quick call to George and we both observed it
for nearly an hour and a half. It moved a number of times between
the two ovals. A tractor came to mow the field a day early, so we
departed. The Black Kites were now feasting on the grasshoppers.
A comment from George that the Semipalmated Plover was still at Demco
Reserve was interesting. I had never been there or even heard of the
reserve. George gave me rough directions. It was 2pm and I was
hungry so I decided to have lunch. After lunch I thought what the
hell, and went looking for Demco Reserve. George's instructions were
spot on. Just before the Broome end of Clementson Street there is a
unsigned sealed road. Follow it to the end to a parking area. A
quick call to George who said look for it on the black rock to the
left, usually where some gulls roost. The tide was perfect. An easy
walk along the flat rocks for less than 200 metres. Up with the
scope and there it was almost exactly where George had said. I had
twitched the Semipalmated Plover back in January, but I had only had
a poor fleeting view at the sewage works. Here it was in full scope
view for as long as you wanted.
Many thanks to George Swann for keeping me informed, and for the
suggestion to visit Demco Reserve.
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
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