October on Lord Howe Island
October 25, 2012
October/November is an exciting time for birds on Lord Howe Island. Not only do we have our seabirds back and right into breeding with courting, egg laying and chicks hatching all over the place; but we have interseting waders dop in briefly, perhaps on their flights south to New Zealand.
Here is a summary of some visiting wader highlights from October - with sightings from the popular hotspots for waders on Lord Howe Island. In future posts i will update on where the seabirds at with their breeding.
|Land Birds||7 species|
|Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)||10||regular visitors to Lord Howe Island each summer|
|Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)||2||feeding at the Moseley Park swamp|
|Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)||2||Two immature birds stayed after the adults left in Agust|
|Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)||2||A very busy little wader, moving hurriedly up and down the edge of the waters edge at Moseley Park swamp; Quite a rare visitors to Lord Howe Island|
|Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)||2||foraging on the muddy edge of Moseley Park swamp|
|Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)||1||Swimming on the Moseley Park swamp|
|Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)||1||Very unafraid little wader on the edge of the creek at Old Settlement Beach|
|Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)||10||Again, recent arrivals at Lord Howe Island|
|Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)||6||around 14 of these have been at Lord Howe Island for over one year.|
|Australian Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)||3||These turned up recently - perhaps drier conditions on mainland Australia forced them to look for habitat|