[texbirds] Unlabeled or mystery sandpiper from last week

  • From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2012 15:24:11 -0500

I posted a picture last week of a sandpiper taken on Bolivar that I did not

I had assumed that this bird and several others further back were red knots
or in this case grey knots but in looking at the picture the stance and
lighting made the bird look different. When I first looked at the picture I
thought phalarope but the bird's bill is too thick for that species and the
long neck look is really an affect of the light on the back of the neck.
Also too much markings on the chest and flanks. The light was terrible and
the bird was far away.

I only took pictures of the birds way back there to see if there was
anything I missed after I got home. Did get another example of why one
cannot rely on a single picture for easy id's.

Comments I got included knot, phalarope and maybe a phalarope but not due
to the bill.

Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston

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