I would rather a post about a rarity even if it turns out later not to be so. I am sure we all learned a bit more about Dunlin and Curlew Sandpipers. Nothing to be embarrassed about, you made the call and handled it well regardless of the outcome.
Cheers, -------- "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick Douglass 風 Swift as the wind 林 Quiet as the forest 火 Conquer like the fire 山 Steady as the mountain Sun Tzu The Art of War > (\__/) > (= '.'=) > (") _ (") > Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! Andrew Baksh www.birdingdude.blogspot.com > 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 > > --- > This email has been checked for viruses by AVG. > http://www.avg.com > > > -- > > NYSbirds-L List Info: > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm > > ARCHIVES: > 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html > 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L > 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 > > Please submit your observations to eBird: > http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ > > -- -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --