Piako Flood Plain Today

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Michael Szabo
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Michael Szabo » Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:27 pm

Sorry Russ, I meant Hudsonian Whimbrels - the International Ornithological Congress (IOC) is proposing to accept Hudsonian Whimbrel as a separate species from Whimbrel. Here is the link to the relevant IOC web page: https://www.worldbirdnames.org/updates/update-diary/

The proposed split is reportedly based on a paper published by Pavel Tomkovich and others in 'Nature Briefing' in December 2019 entitled "Population genomics of two congeneric Palaearctic shorebirds reveals differential impacts of Quaternary climate oscillations across habitats types"
Link to paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598- ... 7Y_PmrCQ1I

Link to photo of Hudsonian Whimbrel (Playa del Rey, California, 7 May 2019): https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5EA1F9EE
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Grahame » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:54 pm

I spent about an hour there yesterday afternoon Michael, but was unable to get the definitive view of the tail, rump and under wing to see if there was a Hudsonian Whimbrel among them. the only ones that obliged were normal.
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby RussCannings » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:20 pm

Hi Michael,

I studied all 15 in flight several times, as well as on the ground, and all appeared to be typical Siberian types.
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Michael Szabo » Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:58 pm

If anyone in NZ can ID one, it would be you!
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby RussCannings » Sat May 02, 2020 3:18 pm

3 species of godwit at the famous piako paddock including 1 each of Hudwit/Blackwit in full male breeding plumage. Also 3 whimbrel among the usuals and no sign of any egrets though 6 spoonbill and plenty of WF herons. This was around 1pm.

Was only there for a few minutes as had the kid in tow; nice to get out if the house though!

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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Grahame » Thu May 28, 2020 6:37 pm

I visited today from about 0900 to 1045 with PG. Many Pied Stilts, about 100 Bar t Godwits, 1 Black t Godwit in breeding plumage, 32 R Spoonbill, several Knot, 1 Caspian Tern and 9+ Cattle Egrets, and large numbers of White f Herons. Conspicuous by there absence were Oystercatchers.
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