Date: 9/4/19 2:14 pm
From: Bill Schreitz <flannelmoth...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Likely Red Phalarope in Boulder County
What a great opportunity for learning here, particularly for me. Frankly, I
see only the heaviness of the bill that points to REPH, but I thought for a
non breeding adult, that would be a definitive feature, Aside from that, I
am not clear why this bird is considered a juvenile nor what constitutes a
'fully plumaged juvenile'. Various texts show the juvenile in both species
(REPH & RNPH) at least w/ dark scapulars, and coverts. I see neither on
this bird. I would think then it is molting (approaching a 1st year adult)
or an adult. So, is 'fully plumaged juvenile' adult?

I would like to hear why the original observer thought REPH instead of what
one would expect seeing a small phalarope. Was it something other than the



On Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2:39:49 PM UTC-6, Carl Bendorf wrote:
> Peter Burke found a phalarope yesterday at Lagerman Reservoir (west of
> Longmont) that was REPH &tentatively identified this morning as a Red
> Phalarope. The bird was still present when I left around 11:00 a.m. The
> viewing location at Lagerman is from the north side near the parking lot
> and the bird (and most other species present) was in the west end of the
> reservoir. Shore access to the west end is restricted until September 1;
> until you need to scope from the area around the parking lot. I've
> attached a photo digiscoped through a 30X scope.
> Second opinions always welcome!
> Carl Bendorf
> Longmont, CO
> [image: IMG_7015.JPG]

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