Confusing Calidrid, Milford, CT July 16th 2006

I came across these photos I had saved in my “unknown” folder.  It is an adult bird that I came across while scouring through a big flock of Semi-ps.

It didn’t instantly stand out as anything I could put my finger on, except that it resembled both Semiplamated and White-rumped Sandpiper to me, but I don’t believe it either of those species. I considered the bird might be a hybrid, but the obvious one White-rumped x Dunlin doesn’t fit this bird, and if it is possibly a hybrid, does it looks more like White-rumped x Semiplamated Sandpiper?

I believe these images were digiscoped by Nick Bonomo. Although he did well to get any images, they are not of the highest quality but some key features can be seen.

Long-bodied, quite horizontal in stance with an attenuated body.

Bill, at least in one image looks quite long and fine-tipped.

Upperpart feathers and wing coverts dark-centered and pale-fringed and fairly uniform.

Off-white underparts with obvious and well-marked streaks.

Dark tail and rump in flight.

Comments?

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2 Responses to “Confusing Calidrid, Milford, CT July 16th 2006”

  1. Rick Whitman Says:

    Why is this not a Least ?

    • julianhough Says:

      Hi Rick,

      The legs are not as pale as perhaps the photos may suggest – perhaps due to the mud – and are darker, and therefore excludes least. The long tibia, attenuated rear end and breast pattern are all at odds with Least too, as was the size, being as big as a Semi.

      Best,

      Julian

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