Saturday, August 30, 2008


Below, is a photo provided by Bob Fogg of today's RED-NECKED STINT. Thanks to Bob for sharing this great shot of a very beautiful bird.

See post below for more information on the location where this bird was being seen.

Photo courtesy of Bob Fogg,

EDIT: A few thoughts on this bird. If attempting to look for the bird, one it is very obvious when you see it but try to look past the red neck and look at the over all shape and size of the bird. See the Shorebird Guide for an excellent description of this species. In comparison to the Semipalmated Sandpipers in the area, this bird seemed smaller and more elongated. The length of the primaries (the longer primary projection was distinct and tips often crossed) and shorter legs definitely lends to this more "attenuated" look. Note the over all shorter beak in comparison the a semi and at the close distance the bird was being viewed the unwebbed feet were quite noticeable (though not so in the photo above). Other noticeable features were the paler head and fine streaking along the sides of the breast down into the flanks.

As of approximately 2:00 p.m. (low tide is at about 2:40 p.m.) the STINT was NOT being seen at the below location. If you are going to attempt a look for this bird (while it could wonder to almost any location in Cape May) you might want to time your search with high tide as this leave little exposed mudflat and pushes the birds to find alternate feeding locations, such as this pool where the stint was found today. High tide tomorrow is about 9:00 a.m. and about 9:45 on Monday.

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