[Tweeters] Shorebird flock ID

Janine Anderson janine at anderson-design.net
Mon Dec 21 10:16:21 PST 2015


What about Black Turnstone?

Janine Anderson, CPH
Anderson LeLievre Landscape Design
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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Joshua
Glant
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2015 9:21 AM
To: helen.gilbert at juno.com
Cc: Tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Shorebird flock ID

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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