aba events

    #ABArare – Marsh Sandpiper – California

    On the evening of 4/9, Roger Muskat discovered an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper in Solano County, California. The bird was found again the next day early in the morning, but has proven to be intermittent, finally showing again on the evening of 4/10. This is the second record for California and only the second record of the species in the ABA Area away from Alaska.

    Marsh Sandpiper sp14b

    Marsh Sandpiper sp14fphotos by John Sterling, used with permission.

    The bird was seen on South Liberty Island Road, just north of the town of Rio Vista. On the California-Central Valley listserv, John Sterling gives specific directions as follows:

    Take Hwy 113 between Hwy 12 to the south and Hwy 80 to the north. Take Binghamton Road east from Hwy 113, this road eventually becomes Swan Road. Take Swan Road to the end where it intersects with S. Liberty Island Road. Turn right (south).
    It was in a canal with a lot of mudflat where Liberty Island Road makes a 90 degree turn to the east. Park at that turn where there is some parking available.

    Marsh Sandpiper is extremely rare in the ABA Area, and known from only about 10 records, most of which come from the central and western Aleutians and the Pribilofs. Outside of the ABA Area, the species is known from at least 2 records from Hawaii and one from Baja California, Mexico (2011). Notably, a Marsh Sandpiper found and photographed at the northern Salton Sea last fall was California’s first, and the the first ABA Area record away from Alaska.

    Perhaps most interesting is that this individual represents the first spring record for the ABA Area. According to Howell et al, Marsh Sandpiper distribution is too westerly and migration is too much overland to contribute to the spring drift migration of vagrant shorebirds in the western Alaskan islands. Which suggests that this individual was likely one that overwintered in the New World.

    –=====–

    Howell, Steve N. G., Ian Lewington, and Will Russell. 2014. Rare Birds of North America: Princeton UP.

    The following two tabs change content below.
    Nate Swick

    Nate Swick

    Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
    Nate Swick

    Latest posts by Nate Swick (see all)

    Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
    If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
    Read More »

    Recent Comments

    Categories

    Authors

    Archives

    via email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    • Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio March 25, 2015 5:22
      At the beginning of this year, I remembered missing the chance to spot a Snowy Owl when the bird stormed across the United States the previous winter, so I was determined to see one of these birds this winter. […]
    • Mothing: The Nighttime Addiction March 18, 2015 5:49
      Note: Although this may not seem to be a relevant post on The Eyrie, I thought it would be a good idea to share the obsession that sparked my passion for the natural world as a whole. I hope this post will inform and excite you about moths; perhaps even making them an obsession of […]
    • Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds March 10, 2015 5:36
      Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology Since Darwin, by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, and Bob Montgomerie Princeton University Press, 2014 544 pages, $45.00 hardcover ABA Sales / Buteo Books How did today’s birds come to be? How has the history of ornithology evolved since Darwin’s time. These questions, and many more, are answered comprehensively in the […]

    Follow ABA on Twitter