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#ABArare – Red-necked Stint – Oregon

Alan Contreras, Thomas Meinzen, and Luke Bloch found a Red-necked Stint (Code 3) at the South Jetty of the Siuslaw River, west of Florence, OR on July 23. It was with two Western Sandpipers and a Black-bellied Plover at the south end of Crab Dock Cove. It was not seen on July 24.

ABArare Red-necked Stint Oregonphoto by Alan Contreras

To get to Crab Dock Cove from Florence, drive south on Highway 101, cross the Siuslaw River and turn right (west) on to South Jetty Road in about one-half mile. The road continues west for about 2.5 miles and then bends to the north. Crab Dock Cove will be on your right in about 4 miles. Park in the gravel pullouts along the road, not at the dock parking area. Dave Irons created a map showing where the cove and gravel pullouts are located. The South Jetty is a fee area ($5 per vehicle or an appropriate day or annual federal recreation pass).

Crab Dock Cove hosted another Red-necked Stint, Oregon’s second immature, Oct 4-6, 2006. That bird was found by Alan Contreras and Dave Irons.

An adult Red-necked Stint in similar plumage was seen at Sandspit, BC by Peter Hamel in mid-July, so perhaps this is the same bird. Hamel also saw a breeding-plumaged Common Greenshank in the same area on July 18. West Coast birders may want to keep an eye out for that. It would be a first record for BC, but no photos were obtained.

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John Puschock

John Puschock

John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
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