Date: 7/11/19 3:20 pm From: Teresa Hertzel <teresa.hertzel...> Subject: [obol] Re-posting for Dave Lauten
OBOL, Some people had difficulty receiving this early-morning post by Dave Lauten, so I am re-sending it in hopes that it comes through clearly for all, this time. Treesa Hertzel OBOL Moderator
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*From: *DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage...> *Subject: **[obol] Re: Interesting peep 2* *Date: *July 11, 2019 at 5:50:20 AM PDT *To: *<obol...> *Reply-To: *<deweysage...>
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........