Date: 9/13/17 8:48 am From: David Irons <llsdirons...> Subject: [obol] Re: not oregon but moving south? (Curlew Sandpiper)
????? I don't recall any such instances involving Curlew Sandpiper records. Besides, the OBRC has always considered and at times has combined reports when there is evidence suggesting that one individual bird has shown up at two or more somewhat proximal locations within a narrow time window. The recent barrage of Bar-tailed Godwit sightings certainly warrants such questions.
It is wholly inaccurate to suggest that the number of accepted Oregon records of Curlew Sandpipers might be exaggerated by roughly 30%, especially in the absence of any supporting evidence. If you look at the dates, locations, and reported ages of the birds from Oregon, it is difficult to make a compelling case that any of the records should be combined. In the grand scheme of things Curlew Sandpiper is not
all that rare along the Pacific Coast, where there nearly 80 accepted record (OR, WA and CA).