Date: 9/21/19 5:55 am
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Morgan Lake
Pics are distant but I think probably an imm Pectoral.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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www.alanlcontreras.com



> On Sep 20, 2019, at 10:40 PM, Pam Otley <pamo1954...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I visited Morgan Lake in Basket Slough NWR this evening. I first thought there were no birds but then they started flying in. I scoped the lake bed from the road, picking out the ongoing juvenile Ruff, first reported by Roy Gerig. It was in the east side of the lake. I then walked down to the edge of the lake bed and worked my way around the south side. There was a Pectoral Sandpiper at the west side pool. More and more Long-billed Dowitchers kept flying in to the west pool area. I counted 62 before I left. As I was scoping the peeps on the mud on the east side, I picked out a slightly larger bird that at first I thought was a Pectoral Sandpiper. As I watched it feeding, it just seemed different in its posture and movement...not as upright as the PESA. It also didn't have the distinct border between the breast wash of color and the white belly. Though quite far away, I could sometimes see the white supercilium and rufous cap. The back and wings also appeared brightly colored, much more so than the PESA. I have concluded it is a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
>
> See my eBird list for my distant photos that I hope you-all can make out details. I have not seen many Sharp-tailed Sandpipers so if I am off the mark am interested in your comments.
>
> It was quite beautiful out there with the sun going down. The grand finale was comprised of the Peregrine appearing and diving down on dowitchers with a dramatic "whoosh", causing them all to take flight. All escaped and circled back to where they had been.
>
> eBird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59966588
>
> Happy migration birding,
>
> Pam Otley
>

 
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