There are plenty of godwits recently returned to Miranda, including a sprinkling of juveniles.  The Black-billed Gulls appear to be attempting to breed on the shellbanks again this year and are keeping things chaotic.  Its great to have the Red-necked Stints back after missing them last year.
A Bittern was seen 2 weeks ago in the pond where they bred two years ago, so with any luck they’ll be back. A Pukeko has taken up residence on Widgery Lake, its great to have around but we are hoping it doesn’t keep the banded rails away.

Recent sightings include;

c 3000 Bar-tailed Godwit
1 Black-tailed Godwit
c 900 Red Knot
9 Pacific Golden Plover
6 Ruddy Turnstone
1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
1 Marsh Sandpiper
2 Red-necked Stint

also present:
c200 Wrybill
2 Kotuku (Great Egret)
41 Royal Spoonbill
Black-billed Gull
1 Black-fronted Tern
South Island Pied Oystercatchers

Recent Sightings October 2013