Date: 12/6/18 9:15 am From: Lethaby, Nick <000003fc6e73b46b-dmarc-request...> Subject: Re: [BIRDWG01] [EXTERNAL] [BIRDWG01] Possible Little Stint
This looks like a Western Sandpiper to me. A few specific points in favor of Western are:
1. Bill length. While this isn't the longest-billed Western, the bill certainly looks longer than what would be shown by any Little Stint.
2. Lack of a gape notch. Both Little and Red-necked Stint show an obvious gape notch.
3. Primary projection. Little (and Red-necked) would show more primary tips projecting beyond the tertials and a generally longer-winged appearance.
From: NBHC ID-FRONTIERS Frontiers of Field Identification [mailto:<BIRDWG01...>] On Behalf Of Will Chatfield-Taylor
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2018 3:05 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [BIRDWG01] Possible Little Stint
I'd like your opinions on this peep I saw in Jacksonville, FL yesterday
(December 4, 2018). The most common species this time of year is Western
Sandpiper (and it probably is one), but this bird looked distinctly
different than others I've seen there lately. The color is much warmer,
almost buffish brown instead of the cold grays I've been seeing for the
last month or two. I couldn't get a sense of the toes until I checked my
photos, but they appear unwebbed.
The feather centers are dark and don't just have the dark central shafts.
Combined with what *appears* to be a lack of webbing in the toes makes me
wonder if this is a Little Stint. If the the toes are indeed unwebbed as
the photos seem to show, then it ought to be a European Stint species, and
the dark centers to the coverets should eliminate Red-necked Stint, as
should the bill. The bill is curved a bit, but it doesn't have that thin,
drooping tip of a Western. With the sexual dimorphism in bill lengths in
peeps, that may not mean much though. I added a photo of a Western that we
get in Florida for comparison. The gizz and details all seem different.
One feature that doesn't seem present (though it seems pretty variable and
I'm not exactly sure how prominent it is supposed to be), is the split