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Possible Redshank, Assateague Island (fwd)
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- Subject: Possible Redshank, Assateague Island (fwd)
- From: Joshua Stuart Rose <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 17:05:25 -0400 (EDT)
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Just noticed this on BIRDCHAT. I always thought Assateague was in VA, but
this message claims the bird is in Maryland near Ocean City. Either way,
it's almost close enough for a day trip from most of this area, if the
report gets confirmed and the bird lingers...
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1999 10:20:48 EDT
Sender: "National Birding Hotline Cooperative (Chat Line)"
From: Rick Waldrop <REWaldrop@AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: [Marvadel] MD Spotted Redshank Info?
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To all interested parties in the details of the the possible redshank
Allow me to give some more specific details.
When: Monday afternoon, August 23, around 5:30.
Where: Assateague Island, just past the Hwy. 611 bridge, in the marshes to
the left (northeast) of the road.
Details: After looking for the Kelp Gull in St. Mary's county, I decided to
drive over to Ocean City to look for shorebirds. As I drove over the Hwy.
611 bridge toward Assateague Island, I came down to the flat area with "No
Stopping" signs all around but decided to stop anyway since there were four
or five other cars there. I stopped on the right and scanned through the
marshes on both sides of the road and noticed some shorebirds to the left of
the road so I got out and crossed the road and began to walk up the shore of
the marsh in a northeasterly direction, roughly parallel to the road, looking
in the direction of Assateague Island. After identifing several shorebirds
in this area (including a Whimbrel), I saw what I thought was an unusual
shorebird standing in the marsh at a distance of about 100 yards. What
immediately struck me as being strange was the decided reddish color of the
legs. After looking at it for a few minutes more I also detected a reddish
color at the base of the bill. It was definitely a "Tringa" type of
shorebird, with long legs and slender build. It reminded me of a Lesser
Yellowlegs, except with reddish legs and base of bill. I was using Swavorsky
Afraid that I would be apprehended for leaving my truck parked in the "no
stopping" zone, I returned and continued on to the island. The only field
guide I had was the new National Geographic. Later that evening in my
message to the Voice of the Naturalist hotline, I reported the bird as a
possible Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) as opposed to a Spotted Redshank
(Tringa erythropus) based on the information given about its range being into
Greenland with the possibility of stragglers showing up along the east coast
of North America. I have seen both species of redshank in Asia but am
certainly no expert in differentiating between the two. I was already
working against the clock to be back home the next day so I was not able to
spend the night and look for the bird the next morning.
I hope that someone will find the bird and clarify its identity. I will be
waiting to hear about any details. I can be reached by phone at work
(423-4787934) and home (423-4728543).
Joshua S. Rose
Department of Zoology