Date: 9/2/17 5:12 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Confusion about Hooper Lane shorebirds, and worrisome eBird filter
The eBird filter for both Baird's Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiper inland baffles me! It has Baird's as rare in the Piedmont, and maybe inland Coastal Plain, but NOT in the mountains? Simon Thompson just reported a whopping *NINE *Baird's Sandpiper (no details required, nor any given); this a record inland count in NC, by far! He also reported SEVEN Buff-breasted Sandpipers, again with no details required or given. Buff-breasted obviously is not filtered as rare in the mountains and maybe other inland sites. Yes, Simon is an excellent observer, and Baird's (one only) has been photographed there in the past few days; it's the eBird filtering that is the concern with me.
Both of these species inland ought to be listed as rare (i.e., as write-ins), and details should be provided on eBird, especially with the filter not catching 9 Baird's Sandpipers.
Also, the large plover ratios there in the past two days have been interesting. Only one person has reported BOTH Black-bellieds and Am. Goldens on the same day/trip. Interestingly, James Poling provided excellent photos yesterday of some of the 5 Black-bellieds there, but he nor others had Am. Goldens yesterday. Today, some folks are reporting Black-bellieds, and I see that only Michael Robertson has reported Am. Goldens -- 4 of them!. I had assumed that was an ID error, but his photos on eBird clearly show about four Am. Goldens, in at least partial breeding plumage!! Apparently, the shorebird area out there in the Hooper Road area is extensive enough that some observers are missing some of these things.
Harry LeGrand author/editor, Birds of North Carolina website.
P.S. It is disturbing to me that of the shorebirds that Simon reported today: 7 Semipalmated Plover 15 Killdeer 1 Sanderling 9 Baird's Sandpiper 7 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
that: 1) he saw no large plovers, 2) the only peep species reported was Baird's, and 3) only Sanderling was filtered by eBird as rare! I think some details on 9 Baird's Sandpipers, and no other peeps reported, should be given either on eBird or carolinabirds.