Date: 1/21/19 5:00 pm From: David Lawton via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] 2016 Avon - Curlew Sandpiper?
Spent a couple hours this evening uploading photos from various birding trips over the past few years and happened upon some ID photos from a bird I believe I misidentified as a Pectoral Sandpiper at Fisher Meadows in September 2016 (light wasn't great and I believe one had been reported there... so I was biased). I took some photos but didn't study them, until this evening.
Here is the eBird report, with the photos I uploaded and my thinking re the ID: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S31659641 Here is the description based on going through the photos and looking at a lot of books and photos online:
I have been adding photos I've taken over the past several years to eBird sightings. When I came upon this bird that I had identified as a Pectoral Sandpiper previously, I realized it didn't look quite right. Even a juvenile Pectoral doesn't have a bill like that. Bill is long and downcurved. Scaly above (unlike Dunlin, and base of bill thinner than Dunlin); stature not like Stilt Sandpiper, and bill not as thick. Bairds would be scaly but not as reddish and would not have quite the long, decurved bill and greater primary projection. Appreciate any comments, but it sure looks like a Curlew Sandpiper to me. The contrasty breast is not typical for Curlew S. but some juveniles have it more than others. Note in one photo (with Semipalmated Sandpiper, the white blotch by the throat, I believe, is a plant and not part of the bird.