Ashley River Mouth

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Ashley River Mouth

Postby Richard Fenner » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:08 am

I'm going to be in Christchurch early December and had Ashley River mouth on my list of places to check out - could anyone give me some directions on where to go to get the best access and views and whether a scope is essential? Also are the Black stilt and Sanderling still there?
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Richard
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby Davidthomas » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:00 pm

Hi Richard. Drive down to the Waikuku beach reserve here:
https://goo.gl/maps/cf6WKuohT3HdgQ9n6

And from there just wander out on the Estuary side of the big sand spit. From there you should be able to see the waders you’re after. Low tide isn’t the best, but is better than high tide generally, unless you can get there about an hour and a half to two post or pre high tide as it restricts the area they can be in.

The black stilt is probably up river breeding at the moment, but the sanderling is still showing well, and three is a greater sand plover in basic plumage also hanging about currently.
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby DLCallahan » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:31 am

Richard Fenner wrote:I'm going to be in Christchurch early December and had Ashley River mouth on my list of places to check out - could anyone give me some directions on where to go to get the best access and views and whether a scope is essential? Also are the Black stilt and Sanderling still there?
Thanks
Richard


Had a thorough look for the Black Stilts at this site on 12 November on a descending tide and couldn't see it, though there is much else to see there. D
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby DLCallahan » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:33 am

*see them (sorry)
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby Richard Fenner » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:21 am

Davidthomas wrote:Hi Richard. Drive down to the Waikuku beach reserve here:
https://goo.gl/maps/cf6WKuohT3HdgQ9n6

And from there just wander out on the Estuary side of the big sand spit. From there you should be able to see the waders you’re after. Low tide isn’t the best, but is better than high tide generally, unless you can get there about an hour and a half to two post or pre high tide as it restricts the area they can be in.

The black stilt is probably up river breeding at the moment, but the sanderling is still showing well, and three is a greater sand plover in basic plumage also hanging about currently.

Thanks David, very helpful
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Ashley River Mouth 2020/2021

Postby Oscar Thomas » Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:50 am

No sign of any of the regulars at Ashley yesterday afternoon but the highlights were as below:
~50 Bar-tailed Godwit
2 Lesser Knot
1 Pacific Golden Plover
1 Wrybill
6 Banded Dotterel
~10 Black-fronted Terns
5 Little Black Shags

I've attached photos of the lone Golden Plover on the off-chance that it could be turned into an American, the bird was more buffy-silver than gold and had a bold white eye stripe. There was also one tern that caught my eye with a strong dark carpal bar and primaries like a Common Tern, but I don't think the bill/head structure are correct. Would be keen to hear what others think about these two.
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby AngryBird45 » Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:06 am

Where were you at the estuary?
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby Oscar Thomas » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:21 am

Walked north from Waikuku Beach carpark about 20 minutes towards the spit tip, along the right side of the estuary.

In addition to this Adam Colley had a go this morning and turned up the Sanderling! So I’ll be headed back this afternoon.
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby AngryBird45 » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:43 am

Have there been any major birds seen to the left of the Estuary? I have only been on the right side.
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby SueCourtney » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:35 am

Thank you. This is helpful also for me as I hope to be here on Dec 7th.

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