The Marsh Sandpiper stayed the winter and is still present on the Stilt Ponds.  The SIPO have departed to the South Island, and the Wrybill are leaving slowly.  Those that will attempt to breed should be gone in the next few weeks.  The first of the returning Arctic Migrants have been recorded around New Zealand so its time to get out and look for flags!


Arctic Migrants

Bar-tailed Godwit          300
Red Knot                           300
Turnstone                        3
Golden Plover                 2
Curlew Sandpiper         2
Marsh Sandpiper          1

New Zealand Species

Pied Oystercatcher         3000
Wrybill                               1800
Banded Dotterel              120
NZ Dotterel
Variable Oystercatcher
Black-billed Gull
Red-billed Gull
White-fronted Tern   hundreds
Caspian Tern
Pied Stilt
Royal Spoonbill
White Heron                     2

Recent Sightings Aug-11