Date: 8/13/19 8:05 pm
From: Bob Archer <rabican1...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Sandpipers at Basket Slough WR this morning (Possible Curlew Sandpiper)

Juvenile Curlew sandpiper should have a more striking head pattern and look
like a Dunlin with long legs and long wings. This bird has the jizz of a
Western Sandpiper , to me. Legs do not look long enough and bird not
chunky enough. Young Curlew have anchors in their scapulars and a peachy
wash to breast. I think I see rufous in upper scaps as well.

Bob Archer

On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 7:49 PM <t4c1x...> wrote:

> 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
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> *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.
> thanks,
> Don Berg

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