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November 8, 2018

Stockton Sandspit 181108

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Stockton Sandspit

Today I went to Stockton Sandspit, which is just under the Stockton bridge in Newcastle. It has been years since I have been here. I waited for the tide to go out a bit, so I went there about two in the afternoon. You need to have the mud-flats exposed a bit. It was a bit early in the year to go looking for waders but I was hoping there would be at least some refugees from Siberia. And there were a heap of Bar-tailed Godwits.

Red-necked Avocet
Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)

The Red-necked Avocet is an Australian endemic Avocet. There are 3 others in the family around the world. They are related to the stilts.

White-headed Stilt
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucophalus)

Whimbrel
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

As well as a couple of Whimbrels there were quite a few related Eastern Curlews.

Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Pacific Golden Plovers breed in Siberia and Alaska in the northern summer and migrate here in the southern summer.

Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

The Curlew Sandpiper has a long down-curved bill and also breeds on the tundras of Siberia in the northern summers.

Stockton Sandspit bird list

Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)
Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucophalus)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica macrotarsa)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
Little Black Cormorant

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