[Tweeters] Shorebird flock ID
josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 12:30:17 PST 2015
Oh goodness, you're right! For some reason I had the erroneous thought that turnstones wouldn't fly in flocks like that, but now that you mention it, I know that they surely do. And, indeed, black turnstones are equally likely on a Seattle breakwater! Thank you for your note. In fact, if the dark backs were visible this far away, they were likely turnstones indeed. Thank you, Janine!
> On Dec 21, 2015, at 10:16 AM, Janine Anderson <janine at anderson-design.net> wrote:
> What about Black Turnstone?
> Janine Anderson, CPH
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> Good morning Helen,
> In King County, the two most likely shorebird species to find on breakwaters
> are Dunlin or Sanderling, and your birds were almost definitely one or both
> of those species. Once at Alki, I saw one dunlin with fifty sanderlings!
>> From this distance, I'm not sure what tips to offer in terms of ID, except
> that Dunlin in my experience have a slightly darker and almost more
> "purplish" shade of gray.
> Good birding, Joshua Glant
> Mercer Island, WA
>>> On Dec 21, 2015, at 8:47 AM, "helen.gilbert at juno.com"
>> <helen.gilbert at juno.com> wrote:
>> Hi - Any guesses on the identity of a large flock of shorebirds -- perhaps
> 200 -- on the rock breakwater outside Shilshole Marina? Henry Noble and I
> saw them from the Daybreak Star Center lookout yesterday. But they were so
> far that even with the scope we could only see that they had dark backs and
> white fronts that flashed when they flew back and forth in a tight
> formation, then landed again on the rocks. There was nothing to give us a
> sense of size.
>> Helen Gilbert
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