Piako Flood Plain Today

Bird sighting information. Use this forum to report bird sightings (especially rare and unusual birds), census and field count results, and trip reports. Messages posted to this forum will also be sent as a plain text email to the BIRDING-NZ newsgroup.
Grahame
Posts: 258
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:48 pm
Location: Ngatea
Contact:

Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Grahame » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:23 pm

We had a bumper crop there today. 1 Hudsonian Godwit, 1 Black t Godwit, 4 Whimbrel and 3 Far E Curlew together with the usual supporting cast.

Cheers, Grahame
Wandoona
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:11 pm

Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Wandoona » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:22 pm

What time were you there? All those had gone when I was there at 1pm
Grahame
Posts: 258
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:48 pm
Location: Ngatea
Contact:

Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Grahame » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:12 pm

Good Afternoon Wandoona,

Sorry for late reply as I was away up North all yesterday, and at Miranda all morning today.

I have just checked my birding log and find that all three of us arrived there at 1250 and left at 1410. We were in two cars which we parked on the top of the bank on the track and remained with. You did read the date of my post correctly I assume, Monday 15th.

Cheers,

Grahame
Wandoona
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:11 pm

Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Wandoona » Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:00 pm

Should have gone to specsavers!!!!!
phil hammond
Posts: 346
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:10 pm

Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby phil hammond » Fri May 03, 2019 8:42 pm

An Eastern Black-tailed Godwit in lovely breeding Plumage, 3 F E Curlew, and a Great Egret was about the best of it late this afternoon.

Also about 700 wrybill, 20-30 barwits, about the same banded dotts, a couple of knots and the usual big flocks of SIPO and Stilts plus ducks etc

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours NZ
Great Birds, Real Birders
Grahame
Posts: 258
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:48 pm
Location: Ngatea
Contact:

Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Grahame » Sun May 12, 2019 6:43 pm

At late morning today there were 3 Far-E Curlew, 46 Royal Spoonbill and 1 Black-t Godwit in full breeding plumage. Still with the SIPO's was the leucistic SIPO, all that was usually black was brown, flecked with white. Interesting looking bird. Plus the usual Bar-t Godwits, Pied Stilts, Wrybill, Caspian Tern and Grey Teal.

Cheers, Grahame
phil hammond
Posts: 346
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:10 pm

Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby phil hammond » Wed May 15, 2019 2:19 pm

It was a moderate 3.1m tide yesterday which peaked at about 3pm. I was there from 4pm to 5.15 and counted;

Glossy Ibis----------------------1
Hudsonian Godwit-------------1
Black-tailed Godwit-----------1 [breeding plumage]
Bar-tailed Godwit--------------81
Wrybill---------------------------810
Pied Stilt------------------------990
Banded Dotterel---------------15
F.E.Curlew----------------------3
S.I.P.O.--------------------------1780
Masked Lapwing---------------3
Red-billed Gull-----------------470
Kelp Gull------------------------2
Caspian Tern--------------------3
Royal Spoonbill-----------------26
Grey Teal------------------------only 2 --possibly due to duck shooting season
Mallard--------------------------2
Paradise Shelduck-------------0
Pied Cormorant----------------1
Great Cormorant--------------1

The glossy Ibis was foraging independently for most of the time, whilst the Spoonbills were roosting, but it joined a flock of a dozen or so Spoonbills that flew off in the direction of the rivermouth at 5.15. By then the godwits and curlews had gone too

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours NZ
Great Birds, Real Birders
Grahame
Posts: 258
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:48 pm
Location: Ngatea
Contact:

Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Grahame » Fri May 17, 2019 8:52 am

In just over an hour up to high tide @1710 yesterday afternoon, there was no sign of the F E Curlews, but the Glossy Ibis and Black-t Godwit were there along with 37 R Spoonbills and all the usual's. We found the viewing was very bad due to high winds and sun low in the sky, so unable to find the Hudsonian and Leucistic SIPO.
There is a large difference in the tide height forecasts between different sources. Todays are varying from 3.7 to 4.22m heights, the former from LINZ and the other from the met service.

Cheers, Grahame

Return to “Bird Sightings and Alerts”