Kaitorete Spit, Lake Ellesmere 2018/19 season

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Adam C
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Re: Kaitorete Spit, Lake Ellesmere 2018/19 season

Postby Adam C » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:12 pm

Yes in hind sight it probably should have been postponed but bloody difficult for those organising and doing the hard work behind the scenes to re-organise everybody on a different day and actually get everyone back again I guess.
Also it was a pretty freakish, one-off day in terms of weather and impossible to judge until too late. Really unlucky as I'm sure we all feel this count isn't reflective of whats actually there. But it was good to be part off and I'll definitely be there again next year hopefully with better conditions!
Is there an official 'year count' that includes what we know is there Andrew in terms of Migrant Waders, on top of this count?
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Re: Kaitorete Spit, Lake Ellesmere 2018/19 season

Postby Jan » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:41 am

Rare waders recorded within 2 weeks of the count date do get included in the final spreadsheet. At my team's section on the day it was obvious that grey teal in their 100s were present, yet they were impossible to count because of the wind and waves which made them intermittently invisible. We did an estimate but it would have been very inaccurate.

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