Date: 12/4/18 10:26 pm
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most Undercover Rarity?
On a similar note, Common Ringed Plover could easily slip through as just
another Semipalmated Plover. I've been looking, but so far to no avail! :)


On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 10:11 PM Brodie Cass Talbott <brodietlewis...>

> After years of spending the summers in Central Oregon and the winters in
> Asia, I remember seeing a basic-plumaged Spotted Sandpiper in fall and
> thinking I'd found a Common Sandpiper.
> I hadn't, of course, but it made me realize how similar they are, and how
> easily a Common, coming down the coast in the fall, could be passed off for
> a Spotted. They are abundant in Asia, and according to Sibley have bred in
> Alaska.
> Maybe not the MOST undercover rarity, but I wouldn't be surprised if they
> have been going unreported.
> Brodie
> Portland
> On Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 14:09 Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> A potentially fun follow-up on rarities might be: thoughts on the most
>> likely rarity that is already here and we all keep missing it?
>> I had an enjoyable though frantic trip through northwest Oregon this
>> weekend to take advantage of all the goodies and the good weather (and skip
>> some early Bend winter slop). While watching the bluebirds I had to
>> research field marks, and I've seen thousands and thousands of bluebirds!
>> I'll admit I can't recall once thinking through what makes an eastern an
>> eastern while in Oregon. Since females and juveniles might easily pass for
>> mountains or westerns, I wonder how many eastern bluebirds have flitted
>> through the state right under our collective nose.
>> So what else is out there undercover? I did not double-check that the
>> rock sandpiper I watched in Seaside wasn't a purple sandpiper. Or that
>> house sparrow flocks didn't contain a Eurasian tree sparrow. What about a
>> female cowbird with a dull reddish eye? A flicker just a little too gilded?
>> I don't have a good enough grasp on what has been seen in Oregon over the
>> years, or what the likely next finds are. But given the whole spread of
>> ages and plumages to consider, I'm wondering what species isn't on the
>> state list but is hopping around some park or beach right now, and maybe
>> has been for years.
>> Matt Cahill
>> Bend

Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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