Date: 7/30/17 9:39 am From: Bill Whan <billwhan...> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Rufous-necked Sandpiper: little known Ohio shorebird record
John Herman wrote "While looking thru back issues of the Cleveland Bird Calendar I saw an article on a Rufous-necked Sandpiper that was found and confirmed by multiple sources. The article is in volume 58 number 4, page 40 of the CBC. This shorebird was seen and photographed at Walnut Beach, Ashtabula. Slides were made of the photograph and sent to Dr. Alexander Wetmore of the Smithsonian Institution, Dean Amadon of the American Museum of Natural History and to Dr. Harry Church Oberholser who all confirmed the identification. In an article in Western Birds 19:165-169, 1988 entitled "Identification of the Salton Sea Rufous-necked Sandpiper" is stated "(Rufous-necked Sandpiper) had occurred as a vagrant in Ohio and California." Observers of this Salton Sea shorebird included G. McCaskie and J. L. Dunn. Curious that this record is not in "The Birds of Ohio". Also curious that ebird, when a person clicks on "add species" does not permit Rufous-necked Sandpiper to be added to the bird list. John Herman
Calidris ruficollis is included in the official OOS Checklist at http://ohiobirds.org/resources/official-ohio-ornithological-society-bird-checklist/ I must confess I can't figure out its status, though. It is difficult to find this species included as an Ohio bird, or even the report, with photograph, on the internet. I don't know how one found in California should verify one in Ohio, and vice-versa. Contrary to what John Herman reports, Calidris ruficollis, the red-necked stint, is certainly included in Peterjohn's 2001 work on Ohio's birds (p. 193), where he gives an account of the discovery of a fall bird on 7/21/1962. Agreement on the photo of this late July shorebird--which seemed to be in spring plumage in the photo--makes me (and maybe other folks) wonder. Certainly John's remarks signal a less-than unanimous feeling about it...
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