[Tweeters] Wood Sandpiper ID positively confirmed by experts

Khanh Tran fsprucegrouse at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 30 13:41:42 PDT 2008

I sent a copy of the note with photo links to ID-frontiers and
the opinions are running 100% positive on the WOOD SANDPIPER ID
based on current photographs.

Gavin Bieber wrote:


> John Sullivan's pictures look very good for a Wood Sandpiper. An excellent

find indeed. It was not a particularly good fall in the Bering Sea for this
species, with only one juv. reported from Saint Paul Island. However a series
of storms tracked south of the Aleutians and into the Gulf of Alaska,
conceivably pulling some stronger flying species into the base of the chain or
to Southcentral AK.


> Gavin Bieber

> Kingbird77 AT hotmail.com

> Tucson, AZ

> WINGS Senior Leader

> www.wingsbirds.com

"Kevin T. Karlson" wrote:


> -----Original Message-----

> From: NBHC ID-FRONTIERS Frontiers of Field Identification

> [mailto:BIRDWG01 AT LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU] On Behalf Of Mike Patterson

> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 2:05 PM


> Subject: [BIRDWG01] Fwd: Re: [obol] RBA: possible WOOD SANDPIPER at Fern

> Ridge - PHOTOS


> Mike and all:


> Great photos of a juvenile Wood Sandpiper. I am surprised the finder

> compared it to a Solitary, as it has more resemblance to Lesser Yellowlegs,

> but with a heavier, shorter bill; more pronounced supercilium; and less

> tapered body structure.


> Kevin Karlson

[ Ricard Guti�rrez ] wrote:


> No doubt a Wood Sandpiper

> All the best


> Ricard Guti�rrez

> http://www.rarebirdspain.net

> Spain, Europe

"Lee G R Evans" wrote:


> Hi John

> There is no doubt over the identification of the bird in your

> images - it is clearly a juvenile WOOD SANDPIPER - a superb record.


> It has been a fairly good 'fall' for this species in Britain,

> with a good number of juveniles recorded from late August through September.


> Very best wishes

> Lee G R Evans

> British Birding Association

Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
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