HOW MANY OBSERVED?
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
RL Rowland first found and first identified the bird through his scope. Just RL and I observed the bird.
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Ted Trueblood Wildlife Area near Grandview, ID. Elmore County
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Marsh with island sandbars
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
We spotted the two Dunlins out on the ice with the Ring-billed Gulls since everything was frozen with no open water. We viewed them through the scope at 100 yards for about 10 minutes and almost immediately knew what they were.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
No, not at all
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
None. We were both familiar with documenting this species in Idaho in the winter in years past.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Sandpiper with dull brownish gray on head, chest and back with mostly clean pale belly. Long drooping bill (heavy at the base and droopy at the tip).
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Sitting and walking around on the ice
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
Long drooping bill (heavy at the base and droopy at the tip).
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Bill shape is different on a Western Sandpiper
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
RL and I have seen Dunlin in Idaho in the winter on two or three different occasions. We have both looked at many shorebirds.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
Intermediate. RL is a more advanced birder
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (If any)
Not totally surprised based on past experience of seeing and documenting (with photos) this bird in Idaho in the winter on a couple other occasions.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?