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Checklist S40330456

 
Location
Whitewater Draw WA, Cochise County, Arizona, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
7
Duration:
3 hour(s), 5 minute(s)
Distance:
2.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Alan Craig List , Narca Moore-Craig
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.149
Species
43 species total
2

One full adult, one pale brownish immature

1

Standing with the two Snows. Studied through scope. White above pink bill gleamed in the sun like a headlamp. A bit smaller than the Snows (could have been an optical illusion, since the white body of a Snow Goose stands out so prominently). Familiar species. Distant against the far shore, but seen by all. No dissension in the ranks

12
20
4
4
1
1
1
2
20
1000

Many more coming as we left. I asked the others if they agreed with 1000, and they wouldn’t have objected to 2000.

5
12
112

Actual count through scope. Cinnamon wings caught my eye as the large flock flew in. Long down-curved bills could be made out in the scope, though they landed at the far side of the water. At first they were bunched up, and we were thinking there were 70-80, but a half hour later, they were spread out in a nice, countable line.

1

Larger than a peep, with moderately long, slightly droopy bill. Longer-necked and longer-legged than peeps, with broad pale supercilium. Legs yellowish. A touch of rufous on the crown. Bird retained a little darker feathering at the side of the breast, but was otherwise pale on the underparts. More slender and shorter-billed than dowitchers. Probably bill length and droopiness, overall shape, and breast coloring were the best features ruling out Pectoral and Sharp-tailed. Studied in scope off and on for 30-40 minutes. Still present, maybe 150 yards out, when we left the first deck (walking counter-clockwise around the trail). This bird's behavior was quite different from that of the other sandpipers. It was rather hard to pick out because, though solitary, it spent most of its time in a clump of small sticks, only occasionally venturing out to forage a foot or two from its shelter. I wondered whether it was tired or ill.

12
12

Could have been more. Twelve were counted at one time.

© Narca Moore-Craig

Average Quality
1

Bill much shorter and straighter, and more solidly black than in Greater Yellowlegs. Also overall size quite a bit smaller. See photos.

© Narca Moore-Craig

Average Quality

© Narca Moore-Craig

Average Quality
2
4
4
1
5
1
1
2
2
2
1
5

Group of 5 together

4
2
1

Bill shorter and straighter than in Curve-billed. Small arrow shaped spots on breast.

© Narca Moore-Craig

Average Quality

Note small, angular spots on breast

© Narca Moore-Craig

Average Quality

Note bill shape and length

6
2
12
2
4
1
120
1
4
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes