[Tweeters] Little Stint / Billy Frank Jr National Wildlife Refuge

Robert O'Brien baro at pdx.edu
Wed Apr 27 23:11:56 PDT 2022

As if the waters weren't muddy enough already, how about this?

In the first photo, look carefully at the clearly-visible toes of the
left-hand, Least Sandpiper.
Then look carefully at the loooooong toes of the stint wannabe in the next
2 photos (2nd one, enhanced and better visible).

Then check out these photos, mostly the last or 5th photo.

Hmmmmmmmm? Of course, both Least and L-T have yellow legs, but neither
show up under all lighting conditions as at the last url posted here, where
some appear somewhat yellow and others don't appear so..

Bob OBrien Portland

On Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 10:42 PM Steve Hampton <stevechampton at gmail.com>

> I've only seen Little Stint a few times, so I'm interested in more

> discussion of this bird. The bill shape and overall posture seem identical

> to Least Sandpiper to me. Plumage-wise, is the strong streaking on the

> sides of the breast possible on Little Stint? I'm interested in an

> explanation why this is not a bright adult Least Sandpiper and what the key

> marks are.


> thanks,




> On Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 6:58 PM dan&erika <danerika at gmail.com> wrote:


>> Hi Tweets--


>> First let me apologize for the delay in my posting this record.

>> Yesterday, 25 April 2022, I photographed a bird at the Billy Frank Jr

>> National Wildlife Refuge. It was on the south side of the very beginning of

>> the estuary boardwalk. Two birds are in the image, one clearly a Least

>> Sandpiper. It slowly occurred to me that the other, brighter bird is a

>> Little Stint. I shared the photo with Dennis Paulson, who concurs with my

>> identification.


>> Two photos are included in the following eBird checklist:

>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S107940245.


>> Note apparent black legs, white-tipped wing coverts, and rusty breast,

>> and note the black streaks against a pale chestnut wash on the sides of the

>> breast and the chestnut color of the tertials.


>> A refuge volunteer informed us that the shorebirds had been absent on

>> Saturday the 24th, but that a large fallout of shorebirds occurred on

>> Saturday night. I took the photos in eBird only because the birds presented

>> a pretty composition.


>> Dan


>> --

>> Dan or Erika Tallman

>> Olympia, Washington

>> danerika at gmail.com


>> ".... the best shod travel with wet feet...Beware of all enterprises that

>> require new clothes ....”—H. D. Thoreau

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> Steve Hampton

> Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)



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