Date: 8/13/19 7:49 pm
From: <t4c1x...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Sandpipers at Basket Slough WR this morning (Possible Curlew Sandpiper)
I have yet to see any replies to this post on OBOL. What are people thinking about these photographs? I don't have any sense of certainty about the i.d. of these birds.

Darrel



From: "J D REIMERBERG, J REIMER-BERG" <donjenrb...>
To: <obol...>
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2019 1:36:00 PM
Subject: [obol] Sandpipers at Basket Slough WR this morning (Possible Curlew Sandpiper)

I slogged into Mofitti Marsh at Basket Slough this morning. I found a nice selection of sandpipers when I got there, even though I had seen only 2 of each: Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Coyotes from Morgan Lake. Once I was down to the marsh I saw Greater Yellowlegs along with a Lesser and several Dowitchers. Swimming near them was a Red-Necked Phalarope. In the mud with a few Lesser Yellowlegs was a Semipalmated Plover.

When I settled down to study the peeps. I quickly noticed that there were a couple of them wading further out in the water from the rest. I thought maybe they were Curlew Sandpipers. They seemed larger to me, but they were further out in the water than the others, so I wasn't sure. My reaction through the scope was that they were the longest billed Westerns that I remembered seeing. I took as many pictures as I could, but my cell phone through the scope technique isn't so great in the bright sunlight. I also picked out a Semipalmated sandpiper amongst the other peeps.

Could some of you peep experts have a look at my photos and put my mind to rest about them being Westerns and crash my dreams of finding a pair of Curlew Sandpipers.

[ https://ebird.org/pnw/view/checklist/S58944818 | https://ebird.org/pnw/view/checklist/S58944818 ]

thanks,
Don Berg


 
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