Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

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andrewcrossland
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby andrewcrossland » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:39 pm

Matt Rose and I visited the Yarrs area and Wolfes Rd bay this afternoon after the wader count. Missed rhe Sanderling but got the sharp-tailed sandpiper as well as
41 bar-tailed godwit
1 Hudsonian godwit
And 1 marsh sandpiper.
Elsewhere (on the wader count) we got 500 stilts at kaituna lagoon but few birds elsewhere. Phil crutchley and kenny rose had a nice collection of arctic waders at crescent island and kaitorete spit tip incl the Pacific golden plover flock.
Jan
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby Jan » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:10 pm

The native purple musk flower was putting on a really good show too.
andrewcrossland
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby andrewcrossland » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:21 pm

Yeah, absolutely stunning along with the white samolus snd yellow bachelor's button flowers. Acres and acres of native wild flower meadows.
mikullashbee
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby mikullashbee » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:10 pm

Hudwit still showing in aforementioned location. Thanks for sharing your sightings Andrew and Jan. Here is a very distant record shot showing the dark underwing and tail. The bird is also notably smaller than the surrounding BT Godwits.
Cheers
Mike Ashbee
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ColinODonnel
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby ColinODonnel » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:57 pm

There were 2 Hudsonian godwits at the Lake on Saturday - between Selwyn Huts and LII River - with 61 bar-tailed godwits. One flew off with the godwits, but one remained with a bunch of stilts. Plenty of waders along this section.
andrewcrossland
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby andrewcrossland » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:21 pm

Here's some pics of the Marsh Sandpiper and one of the Hudsonian Godwits at Yarrs/Wolfe's Rd Bay. Can someone remind me if the Marshie has already been picked up this seasoN?

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mikullashbee
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby mikullashbee » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:23 am

Hi Andrew, as far as i know this is the first time a Marsh Sandpiper has been reported this season at the lake. The one that was present at Kaituna lagoon last year did move over to the embankment Rd. area for a few days last fall. The last time i saw the bird was April 7th with a group of Pied Stilts.
andrewcrossland
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Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

Postby andrewcrossland » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:52 pm

Ok thanks. Matt Rose and I will do a UBR.
Cheers

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