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Sharp-tailed sandpiper -- SCRE explained

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  • Jim Greaves
    I apologize, as was pointed out some acronyms are unknown outside their area: SCRE is Santa Clara River Estuary (at Harbor Blvd, Ventura-Oxnard boundary),
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 8, 2005
      I apologize, as was pointed out some acronyms are unknown outside
      their area: SCRE is Santa Clara River Estuary (at Harbor Blvd,
      Ventura-Oxnard boundary), Ventura County CA.

      At 04:37 PM 10/8/2005, vireoman2004 wrote:
      >The SCRE SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was present until just past 11 am on
      >Saturday 08 October 2005, after which, by 2 pm when I left Don D at
      >the downstream location, it had not been seen since it darted
      >downstream around 11... At least a dozen and half people were treated
      >to good views of the bird, including myself when I was leaving to go
      >upstream and it took off with other birds due to some spooked
      >killdeer, and then landed 35 feet ahead of me for some photos while
      >it froze behind a small stand of grass.
      >
      >It was first seen by several people up close early (before 0830 when
      >I arrived) within 50 meters of bridge downstream, at which point it
      >flew upstream about 250 meters where the main channel angles away
      >from the north bank. There were also 3 PECTORALS and 2 BAIRD's
      >foraging in vicinity, though the latter were only seen briefly
      >together, and then only one at a time thereafter (look for one of
      >them to have a white back feather showing, even after bathing; the
      >other was slightly smaller, almost the size of large Western). One of
      >Pectorals was noticeably smaller than the Sharp-tailed, possibly (?)
      >indicating small Pectoral is female... 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were
      >in down stream area, one of which bathed and foraged along the small
      >ocean-side channel about 2 pm, when I left...
      >
      >I will post some pix once they are "perfected" in Photoshop.
      >
      >Jim Greaves, Santa Barbara CA
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