Date: 9/15/20 3:27 pm
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Ruddy Turnstone at Blanca Wetlands
Cinnamon, Your photos show Baird’s Sandpipers rather than Pectoral. Note black legs. Legs are yellow for Pectoral. Pectorals are even larger. The smaller peep in one of the photos is Semipalmated Sandpiper. Here is a photo of a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers taken a few days ago at Timnath Reservoir.


Thanks for sharing.

Nick Komar
Fort Collins CO

>> On Sep 15, 2020, at 10:04 AM, Cinnamon Bergeron <cinnamonbergeron...> wrote:
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> Hello John,
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> I went out to the Blanca Wetlands yesterday. Wow, that place is beautiful and HUGE! There are so many ponds.
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> I was hoping to find some of the Sandpipers that I have not yet seen (Western and Stilt) and the Long billed Curlew. All I could find were Pectoral Sandpipers. I reported 50 Pectorals on ebird, but I think there were more than that. They were everywhere. I did not see any Bairds or Least. Maybe I am just not capable of telling the difference. I am still very green when it comes to waterbirds.
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> It was a fabulous day. I am so glad I went. I got two lifers... Marsh Wren and Nashville Warbler. I saw lots of other great birds. Here is my ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73616598
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> Thank you for your email. It encouraged me to drive 3 hours to see this fabulous Wetland.
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> If you have time, let me know if you think I just wasn't looking in the right place or if maybe I did see them and looked over them.
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> Cinnamon Bergeron
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>> On Sun, Sep 13, 2020 at 1:40 PM <mvjo......> <mvjohnski...> wrote:
>> A very good showing of shorebirds yesterday at Blanca Wetlands, including only the 5th record (so far as I know) of Ruddy Turnstone. The bird was on pond 16 which has lots of action. I witnessed a Peregrine Falcon easily take an Wilson Phalarope. Other highlites were Bairds, Semi pal, Western, Least, Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers, G and L Yellowlegs, Long billed Curlew and Eastern Kingbird.
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>> John Rawinski
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