Date: 9/1/17 10:00 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Earlier MD Sharp-tailed Sandpiper report
Hi MDBirders:

I have been asked by several people about prior Maryland records of
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.

There is only one prior report for Maryland, a Not Accepted record.
There are no previous reports for DC.

The MD bird was reported as having been observed on 08/26/1973 at the
Summit Hall Turf Farm on River Road in Poolesville in Montgomery
County. It was described as an juvenile bird. The bird was reported by
Carl W. Carlson and Charles D. Creameans. Later that day, Jackson M.
and David Abbott reported that they had relocated the bird and had
also found a second bird in the field with over 300 Pectorals, about
300 Killdeers, and 2 Buff-breasteds. The birds were not relocated the
next day. No photos were taken, but extensive notes were prepared and
the observation was published in three journals: Maryland Birdlife
29(3):111; Atlantic Naturalist 29(1):27; and American Birds 28(1):34.

At the time, this would have been the first record for the Middle
Atlantic States. Previous east coast records included two in FL and
one in MA.

The main reason that the committee did not accept the report was that
most members felt that a juvenile Pectoral could not be ruled out from
the written description.

Hope that helps.


PS. I have seen many four-letter abbreviations for this species. FYI,
the Bird Banding Lab (BBL) banding code and old AOU four-letter
abbreviation is SHAS.

Phil Davis, Secretary
MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA

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