Checklist S58506937

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Owner Christopher Escott

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  1. Number observed: 10
  2. Number observed: 25
  3. Number observed: 3
  4. Number observed: 4
  5. Number observed: 8
  6. Number observed: 1500
  7. Number observed: 1

    Details: Male, full or near-full breeding plumage; confirmed by Bob Kreba, Roger Foxall and Harv Lane. Record published in Birder's Journal (Escott, C. J. 1995. Extralimital Occurrence of Rufous-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis in North America. Birders Journal 4: 132-138). I visited this site in search of a reported Curlew Sandpiper. I didn't find it but I did find an excellent selection of other shorebirds including a large flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers. As I scanned these birds I spotted a brightly rufous-headed "peep" at the edge of the flock. Having seen large numbers of breeding plumage Sanderling a half hour earlier at Chaplin Lake, I knew at once this was not a Sanderling and I quickly concluded it was a Red-necked Stint. Key field marks included a richly rufous-coloured hood sharply demarcated from the largely pure white underparts, black legs and bill (with no spatulate tip!), a rufous suffusion to the mantle and scapulars with wide chestnut fringes around dark centres, and greyer wing coverts. I was able to study the bird as it fed using my scope but I was never able to approach close enough to get a good photo as the flock flushed whenever I approached too closely (and my camera equipment was not up to the task of a distant yet clear shot). I called Harv Lane right away, and he happened to be with Roger Foxall, both of whom raced down and relocated the bird after I left. Based on previous observations in Alaska, Roger felt the bird's plumage was actually "pre-breeding". The following morning, two other birds searched for the Red-necked Stint but found only the Curlew Sandpiper, but later that Bob Kreba was also successful in relocating the Red-necked Stint but not the Curlew Sandpiper! I know of no other reports of this bird.

  8. Number observed: 4
  9. Number observed: 2
  10. Number observed: 10
  11. Number observed: 3
  12. Number observed: 120
  13. Number observed: 2
  14. Number observed: 20