Date: 4/30/19 8:50 am From: Bob Archer <rabican1...> Subject: [obol] Re: Clatsop Beach Piping Plover?
I see them on beaches in NJ, it would have screamed something very different is sitting over here. But I will keep an open mind and eye this weekend when I get down there.
Bob Archer PDX
On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 7:47 AM Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote:
> Hi, Lars - > > I have moderate experience with Piping Plovers. With the viewing > conditions you described, I think the legs of a Piping Plover would have > screamed at you "Look at me! Look at me first!." I think that the two > species look more different in life than in Field Guide illustrations. > Piping Plover looks like a leucistic Semipalmated Plover rather than like a > Snowy with bright legs. > > Here in the Wilmington NC area, Red-headed Woodpeckers have just shown > up. I am not sure where they wintered, but did not see any until this > week, and now have found them in multiple places. Yesterday I was at > Carolina Beach State Park and met a woman with binoculars who was trying to > get looks at some noisy and active woodpeckers. She said "I think they are > Red-headed or Red-bellied." Just then one flew across an opening in front > of us. She asked, "Was that a Red-headed Woodpecker?" I replied, "No, > Red-bellied. If it were Red-headed you would have seen the huge white wing > patches." Then it flew into a tree just above our heads and showed us all > the field marks we could have wanted, including red belly. > > Wayne > > On 4/30/2019 6:59:38 AM, Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...> wrote: > "When you hear galloping, think 'horses' not 'zebras'." Dr. Moore, OHSU > School of Dentistry. I identified 14 species of shorebird on Clatsop > Beach between 2:30 and 4:30, one more between 4:30 and 6:30. What disturbs > me about the Snowy Plover l reported in real time was its lack of stripes. > No black on the forehead, no black on the upper chest. It was also > extremely pale above, a good match for juvenile Piping Plover, a poorer > match for immature Snowy Plover. I was busy posting the sighting, glancing > at multiple birds around me. I never noted the leg color. If it had been > yellow l would be somewhat confident it wasn't a Western Snowy Plover, our > "horse" of the moment. > I saw it at a distance of under 10m through 8x binocular. It was > front lit, in stark contrast to so many afternoon Pacific beach birds. A > foto on my smart phone probably could have zoomed up to provide useful > details about bill and feet. Several of the world's experts on Snowy Plover > read this list and should know better than l. Where in the molt cycle would > last year's hatch of SNPL be now? How likely is a Piping Plover to be in > juvenile or winter adult plumage on April 29? > Greater Yellowlegs 1 > Marbled Godwit. 20 > Short-billed Dowitcher 35 > Dunlin. 80 > Western Sandpiper. 100 > Least Sandpiper. 20 > Sanderling. 30 > Red Knot. 20 > Whimbrel. 40 > Long-billed Curlew. 1 > Ruddy Turnstone. 1 > Semi-palmated Plover 10 > Black-bellied Plover. 20 > Pacific Golden Plover. 1 > "snowy" plover. 1 > >