miranda today

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Re: miranda today

Postby RussCannings » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:39 pm

Birded Miranda at HT on Friday evening. Birds were mostly distant due to small high tide but always a lovely place to be on sunny evenings (much better than mornings with the light at your back!). No sign of the Broad-billed or Curlew Sand, but 1 RN Stint came out along with 8 turnstone, 1 MARSH SANDPIPER (Feeding south of the godwit hide), and 3 FAR EASTERN CURLEW. 35 Golden Plover were also in attendence along with the usual hordes of godwit and knot and a group of about 25 wrybill etc. A pipit called overhead, and a lone BROWN TEAL was on the Stilt Ponds along with loads of Grey Teal.

I returned to Miranda again on Saturday morning though unfortunately several hours after high tide so the main flocks didn't hang around much after I arrived (and many had already left). Saw the MARSH SANDPIPER briefly out near the shellbank but it disappeared over to the other side about 5 seconds after I got onto it. 3 SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS were on the Stilt Ponds and best of all were SIX BROWN TEAL. Also of note was a Banded Rail showing well at the pond in front of the visitor's center. (Once again, no signed of Mr Broadie, so hopefully next time on a bigger tide!)

On Friday evening, several Arctic Skua were off shellbanks in the northerlies, and this morning one was floating off Kaiaua.

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Re: miranda today

Postby Grahame » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:41 pm

Four Pectoral Sandpipers on the Stilt Pools this afternoon, three F E Curlews from main hide, one Canada goose on the shell bank, two N Z Dotterel, then as the tide flooded in, the Broad-billed sandpiper put in an appearance.
Cheers, Grahame

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