APS at the Macquarie Marshes and numbers in general

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Subject: APS at the Macquarie Marshes and numbers in general
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:50:46 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,
For those of you who haven't seen it, there has been a recent report of a count 
of 57 Aussie Painted Snipe by Steve Edwards, Dick Jenkin and Dave Stuart on a 
private property in the Macquarie Marshes on Birdline. 
It's worth looking at for the image alone, in which there are 30-odd birds!
The recent Action Plan for Aust Birds estimates the entire population at 
between 1000 and 1500 individuals, so the Marshes count  epresents 3.8% of the 
upper estimate. 
Is anyone aware of such a gathering in the past? 
I know Mike Honeyman posted recently about post-breeding flocks in good seasons 
of 10-20 birds in historical records. Another recent thread on this species 
mentioned 97 birds reported to Birdline NSW alone, and I know that the birds 
initially reported on Ash Island as a count of 4 rose to 7 before they seemed 
to leave that spot.
Now might be a good time to try and co-ordinate some sort of count across its 

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