Bird watches turn up for dot­terels

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SERVICE -

Mem­bers of the New Zealand Or­nitho­log­i­cal So­ci­ety turned up in force at the Waikanae Estuary re­cently.

They were keen to catch a sight of the banded dot­terel or the New Zealand dot­terel.

Both species had been seen by lo­cal bird spot­ters who be­lieved they could be nest­ing on the sand spit.

Three of the birds en­demic to New Zealand were seen at the estuary last sum­mer but failed to breed.

Mem­ber Dianne Parker said the breed­ing sea­son ex­tends from Au­gust to Jan­uary.

“The estuary is a re­gion­ally well­known bird sanc­tu­ary with a to­tal of 84 species recorded over the years. “Last year 57 species were recorded. “The dot­terel nests, called scrape, are non­de­script and hard to spot.

“We are al­ways keen to have lo­cals tak­ing an ac­tive in­ter­est in mon­i­tor­ing and pro­tect­ing these species and we have mem­bers who can train peo­ple to un­der­take bird counts.”


Dot­terel spot­ters at the Waikanae Estuary.

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