Sighting of the Curlew Sandpiper

Published in 1982

On Saturday morning 16 August 1980 at approximately 10:00 a.m., overcast sky, temperature about 82¡ F, wind from South at about 10 knots, a Curlew Sandpiper (Calidrisferruginea) in almost complete breeding plumage was observed by Owen Fang, Curtis Kingsbery, Don Richardson and Fred Wicke. The bird was observed at one time for about ten minutes at a distance of 50 feet within several feet of a Dowitcher and several Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. The curved bill and the deep red brown color on the head, breast and belly made the identification unmistakable. This one obser,vation was made with 7X35 and 10X50 binoculars and 20X and 35X scopes. All observations were made on the Eastern entrance to Perdido Bay across from Alabama Point near the edge of .a large rain or tidal pool on the sand beach of the Gulf of Mexico.

Author: Owen Fang
Volume Number: 29 Year Published: 1982
Issue Number: 1-2
Page Number: 8

Link to article: 29 No. 1, 2_1982_p8-9.pdf
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