Friday, April 5, 2013

a little early, a little lost

What yonder haze doth obscure...

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

Pectoral Sandpipers have been known to pass through the Trans-Pecos in low numbers in April; the individual above was photographed at the ponds SW of Marathon (publicly inaccessible, unfortunately) on March 31st. So this bird is not only a bit out of range, but also a bit early and due to backlighting and heat haze, less than photogenic. But we're not hung up on the art so much as the documentation...

Incomplete list from the ponds:
American Wigeon
Mallard (Mexican)
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
American Coot
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Say's Phoebe
Barn Swallow
American Pipit
Chestnut-collared Longspur

1 comment:

  1. Nice pecs.

    "Do you even lift!?" I bet he says that a lot to the other sandpipers.
    Wouldn't mind one of them drifting into central Az. Then again, that'd probably kill the thing, so it's better this way.