Date: 4/2/17 1:10 pm From: Robert Hartman <RHartman0...> Subject: [MDBirding] ID help?
Hi Folks - Birding at Patuxent N. Tract this morning, I saw a shorebird on Merganser Pond that has me confused. It was on the right-hand "X" (seen from the parking lot), and was backlit, so the view was poor, and I didn't have a scope. My first impression was a dowitcher: right shape/size, long straight bill, but couldn't make out any markings. When I got home, I discovered that SBDO shouldn't be here for at least 10 days, probably more like 2-3 weeks. I considered other options, but they are either the wrong shape/size, or even less likely than SBDO. (There have been a couple of SBDO reported to eBird from the coast, but none from west of C. Bay.)
There were several other birders there - I wonder whether they saw this bird, and if so, what they concluded about it.
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