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Motueka Sandspit – Saturday 16 October 2021

We started at 8:30 from Richmond and drove to the Saltwater Baths at Motueka. 14 people out on a beautiful day with a fine calm start changing to a light breeze building and high cloud increasing.

Morning tea was on time about three-quarters of the way out. Looking back toward Motueka a flock of godwits were spotted so photographic proof of them was taken.

Not long after morning tea Rob found his mussel buoy. After reaching the end of the spit we returned having misplaced one member, Maria, who choose to search for nests. After Rob put the mussel buoy in tow we waited for the stragglers who were exploring along with Maria who came from behind the sand hill indicating we should follow her. She had found a Canadian goose nest within 30m from where we were waiting.  Kerry enjoyed the walk and was looking to return to collect material for artistic work.

Lunch was on time and enjoyed in good weather conditions.

The trip was a great social occasion ending finally with refreshments at the open air café cart by the marina.

The spit is very much different from previous trips but is not breached at the moment but as Brian told us it had breached since our last trip. Birdlife included oyster catchers, gulls, godwits, terns, and Canadian geese but we did not see any dotterels which we have seen on previous trips.

The group included Robyn, Brian, Ken L, Helen T, Pauline, Kerry, Anne L, Val, Mary H, Alison, Julian, Sue, Maria and Rob (scribe).