September 2012 sightings

It is changing of the guards time at Miranda. Wrybill numbers are now down to a few hundred as birds move south to their South Island breeding areas. Meanwhile Bar-tailed Godwits have begun returning  to join the 250 or so birds that overwintered. Also regularly seen recently are a Black-tailed Godwit and a Marsh Sandpiper. There is currently an adult Black-fronted Tern here as well: from time to time we have had a juvenile turn up, but adults are less common.

Migrants and Vagrants
Bar-tailed Godwit – numbers are changing every day.  Look for red stain on the faces of new arrivals.  It comes from iron oxide in the Alaskan feeding grounds.
Red Knot
1 Asiatic Black-tailed Godwit
1 Whimbrel
1 Marsh Sandpiper
1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

NZ Species
200  Wrybill
South Island Pied Oystercatchers
Pied Stilt
36 Royal Spoonbill
New Zealand Dotterel
Banded Dotterel
Variable Oystercatcher
Banded Rail
Black-billed Gull
White-fronted Tern
Caspian Tern
1 Black-fronted Tern
2 White Herons
Bittern – recently seen in the pond where they bred last year. Not seen every day, but sightings of birds in flights are regular.
Banded Rail

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