Tattler sp. at Miranda

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Tattler sp. at Miranda

Postby jameswickham » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:58 pm

A species of tattler was observed at the Stilt Pond today. Just after high tide (3.3metres at 14:50).

It was standing on the flats just north of the hide, in a flock of knots, Wrybill and Double-banded Plover.

The long, straight bill and yellow legs/feet were obvious.

Any thoughts on Wandering vs Grey-tailed? Apologies for the image quality - very hot out there.
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RussCannings
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Re: Tattler sp. at Miranda

Postby RussCannings » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:28 pm

Generally pale lores and throat give me a Grey-tailed (Siberian) vibe.

Any side on shots showing primary projection?

Great find!

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Re: Tattler sp. at Miranda

Postby RussCannings » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:11 pm

Tattler was present again this evening in front of the stilt pool hide. It was sleeping the whole time I was viewing it but looks good for Grey-tailed (Thanks to Wrybill Brent for the text on its location among the mass of wrybill). Also a Curlew Sand and 130+ bandies along with 51 golden plover and several hundred knot.
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Re: Tattler sp. at Miranda

Postby Brent Stephenson » Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:48 pm

All good Russ! Good to see you across the pond. I feel grey-tailed as well. We did have two sharpies after you left - no sign of the broad-billed sand though. Following morning (16 Feb) no sign of the tattler, but had four sharpies and the curlew sand feeding on the stilt pond.

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Re: Tattler sp. at Miranda

Postby TomWells » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:19 pm

Grey-tailed Tattler (going on plumage and nasal groove), Broad-billed Sandpiper, 2 Sharp-tailed and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper all present on the Stilt Pond at high tide this morning.
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Re: Tattler sp. at Miranda

Postby phil hammond » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:10 pm

I agree with Russ and Tom, I was close to it today and it is a Grey-tailed----very little grey wash on the flanks, overall too pale to be a Wandering, supercilium behind eye, and size is right for Grey-tailed.

Today, through high tide, it along with RN Stint, Pec sand, 4 Sharpies, 7 or 8 PGP, and hundreds of Wrybill and Knots were packed together very close to the road in a small pond north of the Stilt Pond that normally only holds Stilts

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