Date: 4/2/17 1:58 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: ID help?
On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:10:32 PM UTC-4, BobHartman wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Bob Hartman
> Silver Spring

My first guess would be a Wilson's Snipe.

Rick Sussman

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