Date: 9/21/19 7:33 am
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: [corvallis-birding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Morgan Lake
I agree - in some of the pics, I can make out a pretty well-demarcated
border to the breast. I'd expect a Sharpie to show a lot more contrast and
an even brighter rufous cap. Some of these well-marked juvenile Pecs can be
pretty misleading - I've gone done that rabbit-hole more then once
myself! 😉

Happy birding!


On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 7:15 AM Mail <bartailedgodwit...> wrote:

> Its hard to tell as I'm looking at the photos on my phone, but I think
> your bird is just a well marked pec. The bird isn't nearly bright enough
> and there should be a lot more contrast, the photos also seem to show some
> streaking on the breast.
> Good birding,
> Isaac
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> 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:
>> Happy migration birding,
>> Pam Otley
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Hendrik G. Herlyn
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