Migratory Birds

Mutton Cove is identified in the Commonwealth Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) as an important migratory bird habitat.

Migratory birds fly from near the Arctic Circle to escape the harsh northern winter and feed in the saltwater wetlands surrounding the Barker Inlet.

Long distance migratory birds seen within Mutton Cove include the red-necked stint, curlew sandpiper, sharp-tailed sandpiper, bar-tailed godwit, black-tailed godwit, Latham’s snipe, pacific golden plover, marsh sandpipers and greenshanks. The migration path of these birds is protected under international treaties.

Migratory birds need concentrated food supplies, if they are to develop large enough fat reserves to allow them to fly back to their northern homes. The mud flats of estuarine areas like Mutton Cove contain a huge variety and number of the small marine animals used by various shorebirds as food.

Pages 45-46 of the  Environmental Management Plan for Mutton Cove  has an extensive historical list of sightings collected between 1974 and 1997.

Sharp-tailed sandpiper and Red-necked Stint  10.1.14 8.40am

Sharp-tailed sandpiper and Red-necked Stint 10.1.14 8.40am

Red-necked Stint 27.1.14 8am

Red-necked Stint 27.1.14 8am

Red-necked Stints seen 11.9.15 - first of the season?

Red-necked Stints seen 11.9.15 – first of the season?

Greenshank 3.2.15 at 8.37

Greenshank
3.2.15 at 8.37

26.1.16

26.1.16

Seen 8.1.16

Seen 8.1.16

Will they return to the Arctic or stay through our winter?

Red-necked Stints seen 20.3.16

Red-necked Stints seen 20.3.16