To: Mike Carter <>
Subject: Overwintering
From: John Graff <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:19:05 +0800
For the record, I've seen Marshies several times in winter at Lake McLarty 
(e.g. 7 in July 2010), albeit the lake usually fills so they usually don't stay 
all winter - on one occasion they were recorded for an extended period, though 
unsure exactly how long they were recorded


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> On 1 Jul 2014, at 9:47 am, "Mike Carter" <> wrote:
> 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
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> Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
> Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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