[Tweeters] Shorebird flock ID

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 14:44:41 PST 2015

Thanks for your response! Guess I should trust my gut next time, because that's what I thought in the first place.

Good birding, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA


> On Dec 21, 2015, at 12:51 PM, Josh Adams <xjoshx at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hi all,

> 200 Black Turnstones seems like a pretty high number of that species

> in one flock (eBird's King Co. high count is currently 60).

> Additionally, there well marked backs would be extremely obvious in

> flight even at a significant distance and would have been mentioned, I

> assume? The formation flying and dark back would point to Dunlin,

> IMHO, but Sanderling is also possible (or mixed flock of both).

> Sanderling have light gray backs, but depending on the light they

> could look "dark'.


> There have been good sized flocks of Dunlin on the Edmonds marina

> breakwater in the last week (I think Joe Sweeney counted 900 in a

> photo, if I recall correctly) with similar look and behavior.


> Josh Adams

> Lynnwood, WA

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