Date: 1/22/19 7:53 pm From: Thomas Robben via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] one bird ? : 2016 Avon - Curlew Sandpiper?
By the way, it just doesn't look like 100% pure Curlew Sandpiper to me. It certainly could be a hybrid, such as Frank mentioned. Meanwhile I just added a few more photos of this gorgeous species at this site -- enjoy: https://notes99.blogspot.com/
On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 5:03 PM Thomas Robben <robben99...> wrote:
> Hello David, > Are you sure this is one individual and not TWO different birds in your > several photos, from 2016 ? > I am looking at your photos for the long legs, the perfectly decurved > bill, the beautiful body shape, and the usually upswept tail section of a > typical of curlew sandpiper, and would not bet all my marbles on any of > these bird(s) combining all those characteristics. > You can see Harvey Tomlinson's GREAT photo of a curlew sandpiper in NJ if > you click on this link and scroll down: > http://notes99.blogspot.com/2011/05/southern-new-jersey.html > > Incidentally there was at least one curlew sandpiper in SW NJ in May 2016, > but if you look at the photos of that bird, on eBird, it does not look > exactly like your September 2016 bird: > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S29882769 > > Anyway, that is my two-cents, for what its worth. > If I had to bet more than that, I would vote against this being a curlew > sandpiper. > > Tom Robben > Glastonbury CT > > > > On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 3:18 PM Frank Mantlik via CTBirds < > <ctbirds...> wrote: > >> Hello David,Thank you for your post about a very interesting shorebird >> that you observed and photographed in Avon in Sept 2016. Several of the >> state's top birders saw your eBird list with three photos, and we agree it >> is an unusual bird. It is clearly not a typical Pectoral Sandpiper, Curlew >> Sandpiper, nor Dunlin. (The photo of a shorebird by Lea Shaw earlier does >> look like a Pectoral Sandpiper to me). >> Several of us think that your bird might be a "Cox's" Sandpiper. This is >> a little known taxa that was once (1955?) thought to be a new species, but >> since with the aid of DNA analysis, is described as a hybrid between >> Pectoral and Curlew Sandpipers. While the photos aren't great, your bird >> seems to exhibit a decurved, fine-tipped bill (recalling Curlew Sandpiper), >> a heavily-patterned breast (like Pectoral Sandpiper), and dull >> greenish/dark legs. Several of us think the bird looks too "leggy" and the >> bill too uniformly decurved for an aberrant Pectoral. >> Cox's Sandpiper has occurred in Australia, Japan, and a juvenile from >> Duxbury Beach, Massachusetts (Sept. 1987- a bird which I chased, but did >> not see). Another possibility would be Pectoral X Dunlin. >> I/we would love to see the original photos, if possible. Thanks much for >> bringing this to our attention. Hopefully others will also chime in >> On Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:00:06 PM EST, David Lawton via CTBirds >> <ctbirds...> wrote: >> >> 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. >> >> Would love some input here! >> >> >> David Lawton >> Avon, CT >> -- >> D. 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