Date: 7/11/19 5:51 am From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage...> Subject: [obol] Re: Interesting peep 2
There is no question in my mind that something is amiss with this birds feathers. It is not simply a matter of them being wet or muddy; they appear contaminated with some foreign substance like oil. Shorebird feathers get wet and muddy all the time, it does not cause the feathers to appears matted like this. I have seen literally millions of shorebirds in my life and there is clearly something wrong with this birds plumage.
I noted as Jeff Gilligan that the bird does not have a pale lower mandible. I have never seen a LT Stint in my life (for sure), but I see nothing on this bird that indicates it is anything but a Least with something wrong, which is likely why it is roosting or resting a lot and spending time by itself. It is stressed.
I tend to think with a potential LT Stint, if it isn't seriously obvious, it's a Least. Or in other words, instead of convincing yourself it is a LT, prove that it isn't a Least. I don't think there is much proof here it isn't a Least. If it calls, I could be proved wrong........
Cheers Dave Lauten
On 7/10/2019 11:08 PM, Owen Schmidt wrote: > > ….. the crown does come forward to meet the bill, there is a > suggestion of that “J” at the lores (this varies according to the > angle of observation), there is a suggestion for a split supercilium > over they eye, the supercilium does flare behind the eye, the dorsal > feathers have the dark splotchy appearance that’s supposedly good for > Long-toed Stint of this age class. The legs seem long, the central > toe is long, the bird is bigger than any of the Leasts there today. > There wasn’t much behavior to watch. The bird confines itself to > this small patch of mud and spends quite a bit of its time resting …… > which is probably why it is so dirty below. The bird does lack that > famous pale base to the mandible, but according to Paulson (Shorebirds > of North America) that can be present on Least Sandpiper as well as > Long-toed Stint. > > The bird is visible from the dike on the east side of the Troutdale > sewage treatment plant ….. bring a scope! > > <oschmidt...> <mailto:<oschmidt...> > Wednesday, July 10, 2019 > > > > >