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 

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

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Andrew Baksh

> On Jul 8, 2019, at 10:03 PM, Shaibal Mitra <> 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
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