Sharp-tailed sandpiper -- SCRE explained
- 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[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>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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