Spring is back and with it the bird numbers at Miranda begin to increase. While the SIPO flock is low and the Wrybill numbers have recently dropped the Godwits and Knots are back to make up for it- including juvenile godwits! Look out for the gull-billed terns near the hide or over the stilt ponds. The black-tailed godwit was last seen at the Taramaire roost.

Migrants and Vagrants

1800 Bar-tailed Godwit
600 Red Knot
7 Turnstone
4 Golden Plover
1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
1 Marsh Sandpiper
1 Glossy Ibis
2 Gull-billed Terns

NZ Species
600 Wrybill
400 South Island Pied Oystercatchers
Pied Stilt
New Zealand Dotterel
Variable Oystercatcher
Banded Rail
Black-billed Gull colony!
White fronted tern
Caspian tern


Edited to add now six Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 14 Golden Plover!!!  30/10/11

Recent Sightings October 2011