Date: 4/16/18 10:57 am
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers...>
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Whimbrel at Breezy Point, Queens NY
Like Bob Paxton I was initially puzzled by the square shape of the white
wedge, especially in first image (ML94655071) but accept it looks a little
better in the second image (ML94655101). Is it correc to assume the dark
blob is the heavy barring on the upperside of the tail?

I considered Greater Yellowlegs based on the first image but that ID would
be hard reconcile with seeing a decurved bill (mentioned in Cesar's
original posting) but with the caveat that the bill shape is hard to
discern from the photos accompanying the checklist. That said, I'm not
seeing an obvious foot extension beyond the tail, which does fit with it
being a Whimbrel. Are there any more photos even if not as sharp?

So-called 'White-rumped Whimbrels' are genuine vagrants to eastern North
America with a handful of April and May records. Tagging such birds as
either 'European' or 'Eurasian/Siberian' is tricky because three subspecies
(N. p. phaeopus, N. p. alboaxillaris and N. p. variegatus) need to be
considered. Steppe Whimbrel (alboaxillaris) is no longer numerous and
pretty unlikely, but the other two are serious contenders, with nominate
'European' Whimbrel (phaeopus) more likely perhaps in spring and the very
similar 'Siberian' Whimbrel (variegatus) a sensible possibility in the
fall. If I recall correctly, the tail and upper tail coverts of variegatus
are darker than phaeopus.

Fun stuff!

Angus Wilson
New York City

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 12:37 PM, Jose Ramirez-Garofalo <
<jose.ramirez.garofalo...> wrote:

> It’s a European Whimbrel
>
> On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 12:09 Robert Paxton <rop1...> wrote:
>
>> The Eurasian Whimbrel doesn't have a white line up the back but a white
>> wedge, broad at the base and narrowing up to a point in the middle back.
>> Bob Paxton
>>
>> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 11:42 PM, Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> That Whimbrel photo seems to show a Eurasian Whimbrel. Looks like a
>>> white line going up the back in the one photo and barred whitish tail.
>>> Super cool.
>>>
>>> Isaac Grant
>>> Senior Loan Officer
>>>
>>> On Apr 15, 2018, at 3:59 PM, Cesar Castillo <czar3233...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I walked out from the Fishermans parking lot at Fort Tilden to Breezy
>>> Point jetty. On the long march back a Whimbrel flew towards me and then
>>> past me. I got some bad photos of it as it flew away, but you can still
>>> see the curved bill and whitish rump of this largish shorebird. Other good
>>> finds included a small flock of White-winged Scoters in the choppy waters
>>> and hundreds of Northern Gannets, Purple Sandpipers and up to 8 Piping
>>> Plovers. Some breeding plumage Common Loons. I thought I saw a seal as I
>>> approached the jetty but it dove down and never popped up again.
>>>
>>> Here is a link to the e-bird report.
>>>
>>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44596163
>>>
>>>
>>> Afterwards I stopped by Big Egg Marsh and on the way out I found a
>>> Tricolored Heron. It was in the marshy area found between the bridge to
>>> the Rockaways, the parking lot and the baseball fields. Very easy to
>>> photograph from that spot even with my 300mm.
>>> See checklist below.
>>>
>>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44599081
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> César
>>>
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