wet summer on Lord Howe Island means interesting vagrant sightings

Thursday February 2, 2012

When you are on Lord Howe Island, it is worth a look every day at the Mosely park Swamp for any vagrant species that may turn up - dawn and dusk are usually best, before traffic along the adjacent road makes the birds shy.



Land Birds 6 species
Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) 2 first record for Lord Howe Island
Little Curlew (Numenius minutus) 1 on grassy airstrip verge
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) 1 3rd record Lord Howe Island
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1 here for several weeks
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1