Date: 9/1/17 10:00 pm From: Phil Davis <pdavis...> Subject: [MDBirding] Earlier MD Sharp-tailed Sandpiper report
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 301-261-0184 mailto:<PDavis...>
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