Rog and I have been married for over forty years, and he still doesn't understand!
My birding mate, Philip, was back from his New Year's sojourn, and had suggested a trip to Werribee on Thursday. Of course I was up for it.
Lots of other birders had taken advantage of the warm day too. There were people everywhere.
Philip and I had a great day and saw 16 species Rog and I had not seen on Sunday. Birds I was pleased to add to my annual list that I'd expected to see on Sunday (but hadn't) were: Hardhead, Blue-billed Duck, Cape Barren Goose, Whiskered Tern, Zebra Finch and Goldfinch. We saw three Hoary-headed Grebes, so at least I have one species of grebe on my list for 2017. We saw a flock of Dusky Woodswallows on the Point Wilson Road - birds that had chosen not to show themselves on Sunday. We saw two White-bellied Sea-Eagles, or perhaps the one bird twice - once sitting on a fence in the T-Section and one flying out to sea at the seaside bird hide.
These were all welcome of course. But we also saw several good birds, birds I don't see on every summer visit to Werribee. These included the Red-necked Phalarope (swimming distinctively in front of us), Terek Sandpipers (yes, plural), a single Glossy Ibis (in T-Section), a couple of Horsfield's Bushlarks (sitting cooperatively still to be identified), one big obvious Red Knot amongst the stints and a lone Little Eagle (which I haven't seen at Werribee since autumn 2010).
The road to Kirk Point was closed. A sign informed us it is sceduled to re-open on 7 January. We were told the Pacific Golden Plovers had been seen the day before, but we couldn't drive in to confirm the sighting.
Truly, a great day. Lots of wonderful sightings. I think I'd be happy going to Werribee every day.