[CT Birds] Possible LITTLE STINT. LARK SPARROW, etc.
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 20 22:48:46 EDT 2012
8/20/2012 - This morning at Stratford Point, Stratford, after discovering an
adult LARK SPARROW and showing it to Milan Bull, Anthony Zemba, and Charles
Barnard,Jr., I made a quick walk around the rest of the coastal perimeter path.
I found a relatively small flock of shorebirds resting at high tide on the
north side of the point, consisting of Semipalmated Plovers and Semipalmated
Sandpipers (adult & juvenile). Among them I scoped a small "peep" that had a
strange rusty-buffy wash on the breast, and had dark legs. I then saw that it
had a distinct split white supercilium (eyebrow). At this, I thought it might
be something rare like a Little Stint. So I managed to take a few digiscope
photos. Unfortunately something spooked the flock after about 5 minutes, and
they all departed to the southwest towards Russian Beach.
The photos also show a pale face, white forehead, dark eyeline to the bill,
bright rusty upper scapulars, largely dark-centered scapulars and wing coverts
with bright pale edges. A noticeable pale "V" is on the mantle. The bill is
black, straight, and tapered to a fairly fine point, unlike the slight droop
that a Least Sandpiper exhibits.
I had to leave on an urgent errand. But I returned late afternoon to search for
this sandpiper, as well as the Sparrow. Negative on both.
Photos of the sandpiper/stint and the sparrow can be seen
Also, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches were at Roosevelt Forest (Peters Lane) today, in
the White Pine stand near the lot.
p.s. There is still space on my upcoming Sunrise Birding Shorebird/Tern Walks on
8/23 and 8/29. Please go to
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