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 bill?
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] > >