Birdline Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
Date: 4 Nov 2013 03:01:22 +1000

Birdline Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 3 Nov 2013.

Fri 1 Nov Little Curlew, Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper Fivebough Wetlands, New South Wales
The Little Curlew is still present at Fivebough. It was seen on Saturday and Monday and again today along with the Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper. The water is fast disappearing from the swamp so the birds might start moving elsewhere soon.
Max O'Sullivan

Wed 30 Oct Eastern Yellow Wagtail Buckley's Hole, Bribie Island, Queensland
On the grass looking left from the hide. At 5:30pm for about 10 mins. Excellent views. With Trevor Ford, Margie Baker, Tony Baker, Peter Boyd, Chris Bell from Bribie (who discovered it ), Terry Reis who identified the bird and others in a crowded hide.
Judy Leitch

Sun 27 Oct Pectoral Sandpiper Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant, Australian Capital Territory
Start 0616. Finish 0818. A sanctioned visit with FAntram. Still, cold, 1/8 cloud. Submitted from BirdLog ANZ for iOS, version 1.7.1 Pectoral Sandpiper (1) Sharp-tailed sized sandpiper with longer slightly drooping bill. Bill lighter coloured at base, legs greenish. Diagnostic feature was strikingly marked breast with strongly demarcated with white clean belly and underparts. The demarcated breast band turned up at the edges. Head darker and streaked - no hint of rufous crown. Bird kept its distance from, and was not observed to mingle with the 14 Sharp-tails. A poor digiscoped photo attached. [Moderator comment: This is the first ACT record since August 2006.]
Alastair Smith, Frank Antram

Sun 27 Oct Eastern Yellow Wagtail West Byron Sewage Treatment Plant, New South Wales
Observed on Saturday morning in front of the bird hide and by all accounts was there most of the day.
Debra Pearce - via Jan Olley

Fri 25 Oct Ruff (x2), Marsh Sandpiper (x2) Pitt Town Lagoon, New South Wales
Whilst trying (and failing) to pick out the previously reported Pectoral Sandpipers, we located a Ruff (in front of the reed island, feeding at about -33.589907,150.857165), and had to triple check when a few minutes later, on scanning the nearby shoreline, we found a second Ruff (about 70m further along). Two Marsh Sandpipers also seen right in front of the concrete "hide" on the mound. No sign of Painted Honeyeater.
Joshua Bergmark and Max Breckenridge

Tue 22 Oct Red-necked Phalarope Lakefield National Park (White Lily Lagoon), Queensland
Single bird seen by 3 observers about 1100-1130 and then again at about 1600 hrs. Our initial attention was drawn to "the small bird paddling in circles" about 40m from the lagoon parking/viewing area. It was identified by its small size (smaller than Jacana), general white and grey colour, backswept black eye markings, straight thin black bill, obvious white wing bar in flight and paddling behaviour. The bird made several short erratic flights of about 20m allowing us to see its wing pattern. Several photos were taken but the distance and the size of the bird makes it difficult for good photo but does confirm id when seen in large format (i.e on TV screen). The bird was not located the next day despite 2 attempts, the addition of another observer (QPWS Ranger) and a spotting scope.
Anne Stokes, Chris Armstrong and Sarah Hafner

Sun 20 Oct South Polar Skua Southport Pelagic, Queensland
Excellent views of a single bird
Rob Morris - and all on board the Souhport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge.

Sat 12 Oct Little Curlew (1), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Fivebough Wetlands Leeton, New South Wales
Fivebough at the moment is excellent for migratory waders with expanses of mudflats. Yesterday Keith Hutton reported over 1,000 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers so I visited this morning to find that the majority had already departed - there are still well over 400 present. The surprise was to find a sole Little Curlew feeding there as well and Keith came down to see it and confirm my ID. This is only the second time this species has been seen at Fivebough with over 30 years of records. Since 1 August this year 17 wader species have been recorded - most only staying a day or two to fuel up before heading further south.
Max O'Sullivan

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