Date: 3/12/17 8:31 pm From: Michael Medina <802redwood...> Subject: [obol] A "Mystery Bird" Question.
I hate these kinds of questions myself but here goes.
Let's say I'm driving on a logging road about 1 mile inland from the Willapa Bay and the basic habitat in the area is clearcuts, young forest 5-10 years old, slash piles, roads, and a small, low-density stand of "wildlife trees". I flush 3 birds that have the appearance of a shorebird/wading bird. About crow sized, but not the same proportion. Only a fleeting glimpse but short humerus with a sharply bent elbow with portion past the elbow much longer than the humerus. A short call that wasn't on my radar as a passerine.
I don't need to ID them, just some ideas what I could expect. I know there's snipe in the area, but these were much larger.