Here are some of the highlights of bird sightings at Miranda in February 2011.  The Wrybill and SIPO have arrived back, while the Godwits and Knots are getting ready to head off in March and April, so the red breeding plumage is staring to show up.  The Pectoral Sandpiper is a recent addition to the flock.


Arctic Migrants

Bar-tailed Godwit          3000
Red Knot                       600
Turnstone                    25
Golden Plover         61
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 3
Pectoral Sandpiper    1
Curlew Sandpiper                 3
Grey-tailed Tattler    1
Little Tern        1

New Zealand Species
Pied Oystercatcher
Wrybill                                 2000
Banded Dotterel     100
NZ Dotterel
Variable Oystercatcher
Black-billed Gull
White-fronted Tern
Black-fronted Tern    1
Caspian Tern
Pied Stilt                      500
Royal Spoonbill         5
Bittern            1
White Heron        1

Recent sightings Feb-11