Date: 9/24/18 12:07 pm
From: Kai Frueh <kaifrueh2...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Central and North Coast Rarities: Pacific Golden Plovers, Ruff, Snowy Plovers, Hudsonian Godwit, FOS Dunlins
Hi Nagi and all,
I saw the Golden-Plovers about a week and a half ago with Hendrik Herlyn,
Oscar Harper, Isaac Denzer and my brother Ben.
We got very nice views and photos.
Photos on eBird checklists:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48561617

Hope that helps
Kai Frueh
Corvallis,OR

On Mon, Sep 24, 2018, 11:35 AM Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
wrote:

> Thanks, Dave!
>
> Interesting - I'm not sure whether these are the same birds that have been
> sighted and ID'd as Pacific Golden Plovers on South Beach. Does anyone have
> photos of the recent South Beach Golden Plovers, for comparison?
>
> Taghrid and I assumed they were. The coloration on the South Beach birds
> also was quite different from the BB Plover we saw later that day at HMSC
> Nature Trail (but that might have been age related - the HMSC bird was
> juvenile/immature, I believe). The SB birds really had a yellowish/golden
> tinge to their color, while the HMSC bird was more gray/black/white...
>
> Thanks,
>
> Nagi
>
> On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 11:26 AM DJ Lauten and KACastelein <
> <deweysage...> wrote:
>
>> Hi Nagi
>>
>> Those would be Black-bellied Plovers. Golden plovers are never this
>> whitish, and just the general body jizz screams BB Plover.
>>
>> Lovely Snowy Plover pictures. As a side note, the Snowies now have
>> been wintering at South Beach for a good five years or even more (Cathy
>> would know). Once plovers establish a wintering site (or even breeding
>> site), they will become dependent on that site year after year. They have
>> very high site fidelity, both in winter and summer. So the bottom line is
>> that this site should be a very reliable site for Snowy Plovers into the
>> foreseeable future, as long as they are relatively undisturbed, the habitat
>> remains good, and everyone basically gives them a little space. They will
>> be quite accommodating to all the locals and birders - which is just
>> awesome news for everyone.
>>
>> I should mention that anyone seeing Snowies might be interested to know
>> that birds with a single band on the right leg that is either RED or ORANGE
>> means that it was banded as a chick this past summer 2018 in Oregon.
>> Knowing the age of the birds may be a good exercise in both watching the
>> progression of molt and testing your ability to age and sex the plovers.
>> If you want to know specifics on where individuals are from, contact me
>> directly and I will do my best.
>>
>> Cheers
>> Dave Lauten
>> Oregon Biodiversity Information Center
>> Institute for Natural Resources
>> PSU
>>
>>
>> On 9/24/2018 10:41 AM, Nagi Aboulenein wrote:
>>
>> Hi Bob,
>>
>> Unfortunately, no flight shots of the Golden Plovers. An inconsiderate
>> biker dragging a dog decided to drive too close to the birds, and they flew
>> about half a mile further south and didn't return while we were there.
>> After having gotten a good bunch of photos of them, I decided to shift
>> focus (no pun intended :-) ) to the Snowy Plovers, instead of pursuing the
>> Goldens.
>>
>> Interesting points that you raise, which I'm definitely not qualified to
>> respond to, so I'll take a backseat and watch the discussion unfold :)
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Nagi
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 9:17 AM Bob Archer <rabican1...> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all:
>>>
>>> I was looking at these great photos by Nagi, I was thinking the plovers
>>> at South Beach are golden hued Black-bellied rather than Golden-Plovers.
>>> The shorter wings, bulky look, bland face and large bill fit. hard for me
>>> to judge size, but the Goldens are obviously smaller than a Black-bellied.
>>> Maybe one has a very small bill but I think it is the angle.Any flight
>>> shots?
>>>
>>> Bob Archer
>>> PDX
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 9:10 PM Nagi Aboulenein <
>>> <nagi.aboulenein...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Taghrid and I had an excellent weekend birding the Newport area on
>>>> Saturday, and Fort Stevens area on Sunday.
>>>>
>>>> Newport area:
>>>>
>>>> - South Beach (south of the access trail from the restrooms):
>>>> - 2 Pacific Golden Plovers
>>>> - Two dozen or so Snowy Plovers
>>>> - 1 Semi-palmated Sandpiper
>>>> - 2 Western Sandpipers
>>>> - Two dozen or so Sanderlings
>>>> - Also had a very brief view of what appeared to be a Lapland
>>>> Longspur though not 100% certain - keep your eyes open for one in that area
>>>> - Hatfield MSC Nature Trail (across from the shelter):
>>>> - 1 Ruff
>>>> - 1 Black-bellied Plover
>>>> - 1 Least Sandpiper
>>>> - Couple of hundred gulls: mostly California, with a handful of
>>>> Western
>>>> - 12 or so Brown Pelicans
>>>> - 1 Northern Pintail
>>>> - 2 Greater White-fronted Geese
>>>> - 1 Great Blue Heron
>>>> - 1 Belted Kingfisher
>>>> - 1 Turkey Vulture
>>>> - 4 or 5 White-crowned Sparrows
>>>>
>>>> Ft. Stevens - Trestle Bay:
>>>>
>>>> - 1 Hudsonian Godwit (only far views, poor photos but definitely
>>>> diagnostic)
>>>> - 1 Willet
>>>> - 6 Marbled Godwits
>>>> - 2 FOS Dunlins
>>>> - 8 Sanderlings at Ft. Stevens
>>>> - 2 Western Sandpipers
>>>> - Western and California Gulls
>>>> - 2 Northern Harriers
>>>>
>>>> Del Rey Beach to Peter Iredale:
>>>>
>>>> - Around 200 Sanderlings over a 6-7 mile stretch of beach - no
>>>> other shorebirds were seen
>>>> - Western Gulls
>>>> - California Gulls
>>>> - 1 Heerman’s Gull
>>>> - Dozens of Brown Pelicans, lots of diving/fishing activity
>>>> - 1 Tern sp - very brief look, not long enough to identify
>>>>
>>>> Here is a link to some photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskF9fEjP .
>>>>
>>>> Good birding,
>>>>
>>>> Nagi & Taghrid.
>>>>
>>>
>>

 
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