A couple of days after Will and I were at Noblewood and saw a Dunlin, local nature photographer Jeff Nadler went there and reported seeing a Sanderling. Apparently, someone thought it was pretty late for Sanderling or something, because Jeff posted this to a local listserv.
For those pointing out that it’s running a bit late for a Sanderling at
Noblewood, here a photo from this afternoon from the spit, that matches
a spangled juvenile.
I can’t imagine a better picture of a Sanderling. Seriously. Check it out. You can see the individual grains of sand on its bill. Guess it’s not too late for Sanderling at Noblewood…
Postscript: I sent an email to Will on a hunch, asking if he had sent the email to Jeff. His reply?
I asked him if he got a picture, seemed late to me. And get a picture he did.
Mike Peterson [record-keeper for northern New York] said it’s a record late bird.
If Jeff hadn’t of gotten a picture would you have believed a Sanderling would be so late along Lake Champlain? And is the birding world too dependent on photos to determine records? Shouldn’t we all be taking notes?