Checklist S31192003

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Owner Chad Hutchinson

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Received an eBird alert at 4:04 pm that Holly Merker had spotted Black Terns at Marsh Creek. Went over to meet her and Mike Defina to see the terns, but ended up also encountering a juvenile Red Phalarope in transitional plumage after a heavy rainstorm.

Holly's checklist can be viewed at


  1. Number observed: 7
  2. Number observed: 1

    Details: After garnering identification assistance from Marshall Iliff, Brian Sullivan, M. O'Brien, and multiple others through Holly Merker, it was decided that this was a Red Phalarope and not a Red-necked Phalarope. Contrasting the RNPH, deciding factors include a thicker base of the bill, a stockier neck and chest, lighter gray head and facial markings, and a pinkish buffy blush around the throat. This is an uncommon plumage to observe, especially inland.

    Holly Merker's eBird checklist includes photos of the bird in flight -

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Sex Unknown 1
  3. Number observed: 5

    Details: Marginal photos of juvenile Black Terns. Terns were not very close and light was bad after a heavy rainstorm.

  4. Number observed: 1
  5. Number observed: 2
  6. Number observed: 1
  7. Number observed: 1
  8. Number observed: 1
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