Date: 9/3/17 7:56 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Earlier MD Sharp-tailed Sandpiper report
On Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 1:00:30 AM UTC-4, Phil Davis wrote:
> 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.
>
>
> Phil
>
>
> 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.
>
>
>
>
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>
> Phil Davis, Secretary
>
> MD/DC Records Committee
>
> 2549 Vale Court
>
> Davidsonville, Maryland  21035     USA
>
> 301-261-0184
>
>
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>
> MD/DCRC Web site: 
>
> http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
>
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Thanks, Phil. Very interesting background.

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