Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

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Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby Colin Miskelly » Thu Jan 27, 2022 1:44 pm

Kia ora

Cathy Mitchell found a wandering tattler at the north end of Proctors Beach (local name) on 22 Jan

She has submitted an Unusual Bird Report

Ngā mihi
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Michael Szabo
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed Feb 02, 2022 9:07 am

Ron Chew reports via Facebook seeing the Wandering Tattler at Proctor's beach near Whangarei Heads yesterday and posted this photo.
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby wghabbott » Thu Feb 03, 2022 9:50 am

I was unable to find the bird on Wednesday evening (2.2.21). However it was full tide with large waves so the bird may have been hiding. To get to Procters beach, go to the end of Ocean Beach Rd and it is on the other side of the large sand hill on the left. Rocks a half mile walk from there. Easier coming back than going.
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby Michael Szabo » Sun Feb 06, 2022 2:49 pm

Heather O'Brien reports seeing this bird there again on Thursday and has posted some good photos of it to Facebook, including this one.
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby hayden » Thu Feb 17, 2022 8:25 pm

Seen today around 2.45pm

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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby philbattley » Fri Feb 18, 2022 11:09 am

What a super-photogenic bird. :-)
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby Cathymitch » Sat Apr 16, 2022 5:17 pm

The wandering tattler was still present at Proctors Beach at 7.50am on 15 April, high tide. It was foraging at the margin of the lagoon formed where the stream usually exits onto the beach.
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby Pat Miller » Tue May 24, 2022 11:19 am

I last saw this long staying bird on 7 May, when I found it at the Proctors Beach creek and it flew up to the rocks at the northern end of the beach around 2 pm. Yesterday I couldn’t find it in either of its usual haunts, nor on the rocks between Ocean Beach and Proctors nor around the Ocean Beach creek. It may have moved on to somewhere else. I did notice the last time I saw it, that it was a lot more nervous than it had been earlier on in the season.
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon May 30, 2022 5:20 pm

Reported there again today by Catherine Mitchell with photos - still in non-breeding plumage:
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Re: Wandering tattler near Whangarei Heads

Postby FraserGurney » Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:41 am

The tattler is still around this morning, on the rocks at the north end of Proctor's Beach at high tide. Hopefully it sticks around through the rest of winter into spring/summer.

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