Okay, Andrew. I did it – put up some pictures on my web site – on the recent 
work page. The top two pictures are the bird in question. Not too much 
narrative there, as that has been done in the posts from Angus and I. Below 
that I’ve shown a series of Dunlin pictures for comparison. Most are juveniles 
in various states of molt. In the past, I may have sounded silly to most folks 
when expressing excitement over early arriving Dunlins at Jamaica Bay – but the 
result is I can do something like this. I also included a couple of Curlew 
Sandpipers, although only in obvious alternate plumage. That’s all I have and I 
really would have loved to have added a different plumage to my collection. But 
that was not to be. Still, the alternate plumage images do convey structure.


On the way to the recent work page, you’ll find a picture of today’s 
Yellow-headed Blackbird. I’m glad I had that bird to chase. I was going to go 
for the Bickering at Sands Point. Well, it sounds like it could be a bird. 
Sanderling, Brambling, Bickering…


Steve Walter  






From: Andrew Baksh [mailto:birdingd...@gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:43 PM
To: Steve Walter <swalte...@verizon.net>
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Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Curlew Sandpiper Jones Beach we2


It would be great if any photos of this bird be made available for public 
viewing.  Rump or no rump. Thanks in advance.


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On Sep 23, 2017, at 6:00 PM, Steve Walter <swalte...@verizon.net 
<mailto:swalte...@verizon.net> > wrote:

I hate to do this – and I saw the bird in question – but it looks like a Dunlin 
to me. While I wait to see other people’s photographs showing a white rump, 
I’ve gone over my pictures. All other characteristics are perfectly in line 
with what a juvenile Dunlin might exhibit in late September. Most importantly, 
the breast is streaked with black. I don’t know of any plumage of Curlew 
Sandpiper that would have that. The upperparts are rather typical of a 
juvenile’s molt. Gray feathers have replaced most of the juvenile feathers on 
the back. The coverts and tertials are still juvenile, with some of the latter 
still showing some rufous edging. There is one rufous feather in the scapulars; 
often there will be a couple more. The bill, while on the longer extreme of 
Dunlin bill length, doesn’t appear to be out of range. I could find a few 
others in my photo collection of the same length and curvature. The bird’s 
overall structure, including thick neck and large head, also favor Dunlin.



Steve Walter

Bayside, NY


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