I'm a fan of getting the word out and giving people a chance to see the bird, 
even if it isn't what we originally thought. 
That said, I'm kind of glad I didn't see this bird! Lol

Mike Cooper
Ridge, LI


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> On Sep 27, 2017, at 1:30 PM, Arie Gilbert <ariegilb...@optonline.net> wrote:
> 
> In a recent post it was said “Shorebirds are not easy.”  Yep.
> 
> I’ll admit to a modicum of embarrassment at getting this ID wrong. Having 
> said so, multiple field guides refer to a field mark of white rump, which I 
> saw well, but upon which I apparently placed undeserved weight. Well if you 
> can't trust a field guide...
> 
> Of course with a potential rarity the question becomes does one wait until 
> you are > 100% certain, or do you get the info out right away. Some said 
> parse the post with caveats such as “possible” or other pull-backs; Its just 
> that at the time everyone present concurred on the ID. Doesn't excuse the 
> animus.
> 
> In other posts, the age, overall shape, and molt have been suggested as 
> taking precedence over what I heretofore felt is an 'obvious' field mark, 
> *if* seen well. Those other elements require far greater study IMHO though.
> 
> A reference web page was proffered regarding this “ID Challenge”. Careless 
> readers, perhaps including myself, might stop at the top of the page where it 
> states that a previous instance was ultimately decided because of, wait for 
> it, the white rump!
> 
> The page contains valuable information though arguably as explained above, 
> interjects a bit of confusion.
> 
> Hopefully, an actual Curlew Sandpiper will show up and more hopefully, I will 
> be the one to find it ( and correctly ID it )
> 
> In that event, be on the lookout for a posting where the species listed is 
> 'Wolf' <g>
> 
> Arie
> 
> North Babylon, NY
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