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...

B. Whan


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