[Tweeters] Shorebird flock ID

Joshua Glant 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

> Anderson LeLievre Landscape Design

> 206 618 6054

> www.anderson-design.net



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> Glant

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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


> Josh(dot)n(dot)glant(at)gmail(dot)com


>>> 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

>> Seattle

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