Broad Billed Sandpiper - WTP, VIC

To: Martin Woodward <>
Subject: Broad Billed Sandpiper - WTP, VIC
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:13:36 +1100
Hi Martin

Were there many waders at the rocky point where you saw the Little Tern?
This is where 3 Broad-billed Sandpipers have been seen at different times
in the last couple of weeks. Perhaps the waders feed here when the tide is
right, and then return to other lagoons? The last time I was at T-Section,
about a week ago, there were few waders, but they started coming in
steadily over the next half hour.

And a confession / retraction: I reported 21 Little Tern at that rocky
point near he Beach Rd gate, but after seeing some comments and photos on
the Victorian Birders Facebook page, I had a proper look at my own photos.
I'm now going with c. 2 Little Tern, and some White-winged Black Tern and
Whiskered Tern, although my photos are nowhere near clear enough to
identify all birds, some of which may be Little Tern (and Fairy Tern? None
that I could see). A good lesson in paying attention to detail and not

Russell Woodford

On 24 March 2014 17:37, Martin Woodward <> wrote:

> Hi All,
> For those that are still looking, my son and I clearly identified a Broad
> Billed Sandpiper at the Western Treatment Plant, T Section Lagoons
> yesterday. It was in the NE corner of pond 3 and viewed with Marsh
> Sandpipers and a few Sharp Tailed Sandpipers. We also saw Little Tern at
> the
> second rocky point north of the Beach Rd Boatramp and a single Pectoral
> Sandpiper at the pond immediately north of the Boatramp, as previously
> reported. Happy birding.
> Regards
> Martin and John Woodward
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