Blistering Barnacles! I had heard the bird in question was first thought to be a Pectoral Sandpiper. Subsequently, I did see Angus’s questions on the ID and thought about asking for the checklists with photos but alas I procrastinated.
Are the photos available? I would have loved to see what the confusion was about if only to learn. -------- "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 Jul 8, 2019, at 10:03 PM, Shaibal Mitra <shaibal.mi...@csi.cuny.edu> wrote: > > It seems that in this age of hyper-connectivity, false information travels > more easily than true. Whereas the good-news story of a Baird's Sandpiper at > Nickerson Beach, Nassau County, Long Island, propagated quickly and > decisively, the uncomfortable awareness that the bird in question was > actually a Sanderling is spreading too slowly. > > Conflicting descriptions aside, photos in the various checklists show an > adult Calidris sandpiper with a robust bill, boldly patterned back feathers > with extensive rufous color in the interior of each feather, warm color on > the face and bib, and boldly pale-edged coverts and tertials. All of these > are characteristic of Sanderlings, which furthermore also have long wings > that extend beyond the tertials when folded. > > Note that this is early July and that juveniles of Arctic-breeding shorebirds > will not reach us for several weeks. Thus, a Baird's Sandpiper at this date > would be an adult (very rare), not a scaly-backed juvenile. > > Lone shorebirds are difficult to identify, and the grassy habitat chosen by > this individual was admittedly atypical for a Sanderling, so an error is > understandable. But it has been two days, so I would have thought that the > gears of the social media mill would have mulled this grist by now. > > Distinguishing rare birds requires thorough familiarity with the common > species. An identification article in the most recent Birding magazine > emphasizes this point but unfortunately features a photo that confuses two of > the most common species (yes, one is Sanderling)! I've pointed this out to > about a dozen active birders, none of whom was aware of the gaffe. Is it only > good news that goes viral nowadays? > > Shai Mitra > Bay Shore > > > -- > > 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/ > > -- > -- 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/ --