Banded Rail are still being seen regularly in the mangroves at the carpark gate.  Look back once you’ve parked your car.  There have also been several sightings of Bittern in tha area lately.  The Marsh sandpiper is still being seen on the stilt ponds, however the gull-billed terns are less reliable.  If you are looking for the Red-necked Stint it is most relaibly seen on the mudflats as the tide is dropping. God wit and Knot numbers seem fairly stable right now, and the Black-billed Gulls appear to be re-nesting.

Migrants and Vagrants

4900 Bar-tailed Godwit
3800 Red Knot
16 Turnstone
14 Golden Plover
7 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
1 Red-necked Stint
1 Marsh Sandpiper
2 Gull-billed Terns

NZ Species

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

3 Royal spoonbill

Updated Thursday 01 December



December-11 Sightings

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  • December 20, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Thank you for a very informative post you have, we will be visiting over the christmas break, all the best, Paul Vandenberg

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