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SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (Calidris acuminata)
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Sharp tailed sandpiper

Sharp-tailed sandpiper

Rare regular visitor. Records to 1990 are listed. Four specimens collected by John Waterhouse on 3 October 1903 (Hindwood 1940; ANWC 19079–19082). Two undated records in the period 1950 to 1965 (McKean & Hindwood 1965). Seen by Norman Chaffer in February 1967 (N. Chaffer diaries, AM). At least two seen by Bruce Knight on 19 October 1974 (Rogers 1975). Seen by John Waugh in November 1975 (NSWBA data). Seen a few times by Ben Miller at Mosely Park Swamp during the period 1978 to 1980 (B. Miller pers. comm.). Two sightings of single birds by Kevin Mills in November 1986 (Cooper 1990; NSWBA data). Two seen by Hutton at the Airstrip on 20 November 1987. Two seen by Hutton at Moseley Park Swamp on 24 October 1990.

Since 1990 there have been at least nine records of the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and it can be expected in most years.

In November 2012 two birds were seen at Mosely Park swamp on 15 November by Ian Hutton; and others, one stayed until early December.


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