To: "martin cachard" <>, "Peter Morgan" <>, "birding-aus \(E-mail\)" <>
Subject: Overwintering
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:35:11 +1000
Many but by no means all waders/shorebirds stay in their normal winter quarters during their first year. Just off the top of my head I can think of eight species that don't. I've never heard of a mid-winter record of Swinhoe's, Pin-tailed or Latham's Snipe for instance. As we all know, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers are normally absent in winter apart from injured or sick individuals. Pectoral Sandpipers normally leave much later than Sharpies but do not normally overwinter although the population is small. Danny Rogers once told me that he could not find a single Australian winter record of Common Sandpiper. I have never seen a Marsh Sandpiper and only once a Wood Sandpiper in winter. What do these eight species have in common? They have a preference for, or will readily use, fresh water habitats. The latter criterion also applies to Red-necked Stints which normally overwinter but there is an interesting association of species in that category.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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