Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 9-1999
|Scientific name:||Calidris fuscicollis|
|Date:||28-30 May 1999|
|Time:||28th: 4:00pm, 29th: 9:00 am, 30th: 11:00 am|
|Length of time observed:||Several hours total|
|Location:||Pelican Lake & Ouray National Wildlife Refuge|
|Optical Equipment:||You name it! Scopes and binoc.|
|Distance to bird:||60 feet|
|Light Conditions:||Sun orientation: all directions|
|Detailed description of bird:||
Relative Size: Smaller than the Killdeer and Wilson's
Phalarope, which were near by.
Head & Neck: Forehead, crown and nape finely streaked with no median line. The birds had no malar streak or much of an ear patch.
Eye & Lores: Eyes only with slight eye ring and somewhat of a dark lore stripe.
Upper & Lower Mandible: Bill dark with slight droop.
Legs & Feet: Dark legs. (black)
Upperparts: Rump (uppertail coverts) was white in flight. Also white rump (uppertail coverts) was seen as birds were preening. Back was acaley dark brown except for scapulars which were reddish.
Underparts: Throat -- white but chest finely streaked dark on white background. Belly, white except for flanks which also were streaked.
Rectrices: Tail was brown -- somewhat darker at center.
Wing: In fligtht bird did not show wing strip. Dark brown and uniform best describes wing.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||None heard|
|Behavior:||Birds were feeding on mud flats or resting.|
how were they eliminated:
|Previous experience with this & similar species:|
|Observer's address:||175 Sunset Cir., Palisade, CO 81526|
|Observer's e-mail address:|
observers who independently identified
|11 other birders from Grand Junction, Colorado|
|Date prepared:||5 Jul 1999|
|Additional material:||9 Photo|
|Additional Comments:||On the 28th of May we canoed around Pelican Lake and found 1 bird on the north side of the lake on a mud flat. On the 29th we visited Ouray NWR and found 2 more on the man-made mud flats. On the 30th we took canoes back to the mud flat on Pelican Lake and found three birds. These locations are not far apart and the birds from Ouray SWR could have flew over to Pelican Lake.|
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