Some say Spring has sprung a little early this year and some flowers and birds may agree with you! Observations of Beach-stone Curlews and Far Eastern Curlews have already been reported on our shorelines from mid-August.
With the ‘official’ beginning of Spring, comes the International Shorebird Count from the 1st to the 7th of September – encompassing World Shorebird Day on September 6th.
Now is a great time to become acquainted with these migratory wader birds as they return to our shores after breeding in the Northern Hemisphere. Some may even be sporting their brighter and more vibrant breeding plumage (party outfits).
All coastal dwellers, recreationists and chillers should keep their eyes peeled for shoebirds, or really any coastal bird that isn’t a chippy-stealing Silver Gull. Whether you’re kayaking around the sand islands of Nelson Bay or sipping a coffee at Newcastle City Beach, be on the watch for shorebirds and seabirds.
Download a digital Shorebird ID Booklet from Birdlife Aus and become acquainted with these remarkable birds who share our shorelines, or rather, share their shorelines with us.
Hunter Region Landcare Network will be partnering with the University of Newcastle to facilitate a weekend of shorebird learning and fun on Saturday the 15th & Sunday the 16th of October.
Details and registration at the event below ⬇️