The last post highlighted the finding of the LITTLE STINT, a rare Code 4 shorebird. So, is it still around? Well, I walked some marshes two days ago and...
However, Rocky continued to provide shorbs during that visit. For starters, there was this sharp DUNLIN (still flagged in eBird here) with its long and curved bill:
On a different shore of Rocky Lake, we bumped into another now-familiar character, a RED-NECKED STINT:
However, it was about then that we spotted a mondo beast-of-shorebird come in to land... a Code 3 RUFF:
Although rare in most of North America, Ruffs are expected visitors here (they've been annual for a loooong time). This particular bird was actually our first of the 2015 season so, yay, it was time to update the sidebar on this blog. But did you know that the first Alaskan record ever for Ruff was a specimen collected here on St. Paul back in 1910?
Moving on, the following day I wasn't able to walk wetlands but I did digiscope this WANDERING TATTLER with my iPhone. Nothing fancy, just a tattler getting some shuteye out at SW Point:
I had today off and so I walked some wetlands to see what was still around... and guess who was front and center on Rocky Lake still:
The LIST. What a beaut! Notice the longish bill, split supercilium, black centers and rufous edging on the tertials/wing coverts, and moderate primary projection. The following picture shows the rufous edging on the black tertials quite well:
Oh, and LISTs don't have webbing in their toes like Semipalmateds or Westerns. Check it out:
Compare that with a WESTERN SANDPIPER that was also present today. See the webbing? It's small but it's there:
In fact, the WESTERN SANDPIPER was hanging out with these two fools today, both RED-NECKED STINTS:
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