Red-necked Stint by nkenji via Flickr
Roger Burrow, NatureNB, reports lots of shorebirds starting to move on Grand Manan including a Red-necked Stint.
The following is his report from the NatureNB listserv:
Thoroughfare Road 10:15-11:00 Common Loon, 7 Great Blue Herons, 69 Canada Geese, 2 American Black Ducks, 30 Common Eiders, 59 Black-bellied Plovers (first high count), 19 Semipalmated Plovers, 7+ RUDDY TURNSTONES, 3 Short-billed Dowitchers, 3 Least & 58 Semipalmated Sandpipers
Woodwards Cove: Fishers Pond 11:40-12:05 85 Semipalmated Plovers (highest count so far), 190 Semipalmated Sandpipers (highest count so far), breeding-plumaged adult RED-NECKED STINT (feeding actively with the other shorebirds; easy to pick out from the predominantly post-breeding plumaged adult Semis; overall plumage resembled that of summer Sanderling, but bird was slightly smaller than Semis with an all-dark shorter bill and dark legs; the rufous was more towards the red side rather than the brown side of Least Sandpiper and was most prominent on the head, mantle, scapulars and upper breast, forming a partial breast band, although there was some rufous streaking onto the flanks; pale forehead, throat and belly and a pale, streaked supercilium)
Castalia Marsh 12:10-12:55 2 Double-crested Cormorants, 4 Great Blue Herons, 16 Canada Geese, 6 American Black Ducks, 47 Common Eiders, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Semipalmated Plovers, Spotted, 2 Least & 25 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 3 Nelson's Sparrows.
Roger Burrows Castalia Grand Manan
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