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Re: miranda today

Postby Davidthomas » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:35 am

Hi all,

Visited Miranda yesterday with Russ Cannings, ran into Phil Hammond and Paul G on what was a pleasant day out.

Sadly there was no sign of the recently reported rarities, with the Broadbill sandpiper and Greater sand plover remaining well hidden. However we did see:
a rednecked stint,
3 Sharptailed Sandpipers,
a single pectoral sandpiper,
20 odd PGPs,
two banded Dotterels,
and a few hundred Wrybills
Along with all the other usuals.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50996996

A Curlew Sandpiper has also been present although we missed it sadly.

The stilt ponds are rather flooded at the moment, so birds are using the spit and farmers fields making viewing in the exceptionally high tides sometimes difficult.
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Re: miranda today

Postby Grahame » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:48 am

Along with the Broad-billed, there was also the Curlew Sandpiper and four Red-necked Stints, one of which was fairly well into breeding plumage. All birds showing in good light from godwit hide from around 1730 to 1915.

Cheers, Grahame
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Re: miranda today

Postby RussCannings » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:35 am

Thanks as always for the updates Grahame!

Broad-billed showing well at 630am his morning (rising tide) along with other you mentioned. Booming bittern and calling male Brown Quail a bonus!

Russ
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Re: miranda today

Postby phil hammond » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:07 pm

A chestnut breasted shellduck on the stiltpond today. 2 pec sands 2 sharpie and at least one brown teal also on the pond. Couldn't find the broad billed today. 2 stints with Wrybill on the lime works mud
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Re: miranda today

Postby RussCannings » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:23 pm

No sign of Pecs or Sharpies (or Aussie shelducks) this afternoon at Miranda but the Broad-billed Sandpiper was easily located roosting in the Stilt Pind at high tide (2pmish). It was with some bandies near the north end of the pond but I believe it was seen directly out in front of the stilt hide yesterday. I also heard that a juvenile Black-fronted Tern paid a visit to the shellbank area yesterday afternoon.

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Re: miranda today

Postby Paul Gibson » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:59 pm

Broad-billed sandpiper present this afternoon in front of Godwit hide, but very distant. Thanks to Russ for finding it among 100s of wrybill.
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Re: miranda today

Postby Grahame » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:01 am

Just had a call from Paul G. Broad b Sand, Pec Sand and Two Stints currently from Stilt Hide.
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Re: miranda today

Postby ourspot » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:59 pm

Nice views of the Broadbill Sandpiper with Paul G this morning in front on Stilt Hide. Was there a couple of hours and also saw 4 Sharpies, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper and Red Neck Stint. Cheers Scott
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Re: miranda today

Postby David Riddell » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:37 pm

Broadbill sandpiper was at the north end of the stilt ponds this morning around 8am, also 2 pectoral sandpipers and a curlew sandpiper.
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Re: miranda today

Postby Richard Fenner » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:50 pm

I was there yesterday (Thursday 24th) and despite the rain managed to find the Broad-billed sandpiper at about 10 am close in front of the hide (stilt Pond) in amongst big numbers of Wrybill. It was looking very disheveled and the head feathers were all awry which confused me for a bit but then a got a good view of the bill for my 199th NZ bird. And at the North end of the pond 3 sharpies, 4 RN stint and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

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