Date: 7/10/19 8:52 pm From: Tom Crabtree <tc...> Subject: [obol] Re: Interesting peep
It is always dangerous to identify a bird based on one fieldmark. In theory an adult Long-toed Stint should have
· Long legs
· Long neck
· Rufous cap
· Thin finely pointed bill that droops at the end with a lot of yellow on lower mandible
· White throat
· Pale cinnamon breast band with fine streaks
· Unmarked white belly and flanks
· Middle toe longer than bill
As I look at Owen’s comparison picture, the toe and the bill are pretty much the same length. The toe isn’t clearly longer than the bill. It’s close, but not a slam dunk winner. It does have long legs compared to the other Leasts in the photo. Meat Loaf says “2 out of 3 ain’t bad.” Based on these fieldmarks 1½ out of 8 ain’t great. I’d be interested in hearing what other people with more experience with this species have to say.
Tom Crabtree, Bend
From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Alan Contreras
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:00 PM
To: Owen Schmidt
Subject: [obol] Re: Interesting peep
A couple of thoughts about this Leasty peep. It is an adult, is wet and it has very worn flight feathers. I’m not sure what it has been rolling in. The less said about what remains of its tail the better.
The central toe is fairly long. I’m not sure what the limit of Least is but it does have a longish c toe.
In theory LT Stint ought to have some yellowish at the base of the bill in any plumage, which this does not.
On Jul 10, 2019, at 7:47 PM, Owen Schmidt <oschmidt...> wrote:
…… yesterday and today at the Troutdale Sewage Pond (Multnomah) found by Colby Neuman. The bird shows some characteristics of Long-toed Stint. I took the photo below this afternoon.