Date: 7/21/17 2:42 pm From: Daniel Farrar <jdanielfarrar...> Subject: [obol] Probable BRISTLE-THIGHED CURLEW, Douglas Co.
Obol, Today (7-21) while surveying for Snowy Plovers at Oregon Dunes Overlook, Douglas county we had what was likely a BRISTLE-THIGHED CURLEW fly south overhead. It was solo and it's call is what caught my attention. My coworker described it as sounding like someone had whistled to get her attention. The call was notably different than the typical 3 part call of a WHIMBREL and reminded me somewhat of Black-bellied Plover.
As the bird flew fairly low overhead I was able to get on it and see it was a clearly a *Numenius *sp. with a bill similar in length to a WHIMBREL. The underwings were orange-buffy and did not match any whimbrel I've ever seen. As it flew south I could not see the rump nor was breast streaking noted. One idea I entertained was that it could be a young LB Curlew with a short bill but it had the face pattern of Whimbrel/BT Curlew. After listening to calls on Xeno-canto Bristle-thighed was the closest match. LB Curlew sounded higher pitched and and more drawn out.
Thoughts/comments welcome. The bird never landed and we drove as far south as Tahkenitch Creek to see if it came down. Maybe Dave and Kathy will have it show up in Coos in the next few days (not that they need it! ;)
Daniel Farrar Dunes City, Oregon <jdanielfarrar...>