Rare Bird Weekend (Day 2)

So on Sunday, me and Nicolas went down to Santa Clara Co. to chase some of their continuing rarities, mostly at Don Edwards Regional Shoreline. Enjoy my post.

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First off are 2 Long Billed Dowitchers feeding together. This species is notorious for being extremely difficult to distinguish from the closely related Short Billed Dowitcher but at least the one on the right is a LB based on how far the primaries go past the tail, or the fact the don’t.

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Here is the main reason we came down to Santa Clara. This is Ruff is a returning Eurasian vagrant that has wintered here for the past many winters. This was the first time I’ve ever seen it so it was very cool. The main ID points are the orange and not yellow legs and the very short bill in comparison to the rest of the body. Needless to say it was a lifer for both me and Nicolas.

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After spending a good amount of time looking at the Ruff and a Pacific Golden Plover, which I didn’t get any photos of, this Pectoral Sandpiper landed very close to the viewing point and allowed for excellent photos, views, and studying. The drooping bicolored bill and white V on the back are both good ID points but this species is pretty hard to confuse with the common stuff around here with their rufous accents to the cap and back. #droopsnoot

That will do it for todays post. I hope you enjoyed it. I ended the day with 2 lifers so I am pretty happy. Have a good day.

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