5-B-2019 Dunlin

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
5-2
2ND ROUND
5-2
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
2
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Jason Talbot
OTHER OBSERVERS
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?
None

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Reject, specific identification not established

There isn't enough detail in the description to eliminate other possibilities.

Shirley Sturts
Accept

Description is convincing

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I'm convinced these were Dunlins.

Darren Clark
Accept

I went back and forth on this one, but brownish back and chest, and a bill that drooped at the tip barely eliminated the less-likely Western Sandpiper.

Carl Lundblad
Reject, specific identification not established

I'd probably vote to accept this record on a second round, but the description is very brief, without mention of size, and apparently written from memory 5 days after the sighting. However, what details are provided are good, bill structure is distinctive, the observers have experience with Dunlin and other shorebirds, and this is probably only marginally-rare (as noted).

Jay Carlisle
Accept

Convincing report

Doug Ward
Accept

While this report is deficient in some key details, combination of coloration, bill structure, and timing lead me to “accept”, though this is a weak vote in favor.

SECOND ROUND VOTING:

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I totally agree with my fellow IBRC colleagues that this report is weak, but I thought - and still think - that it has enough substance to convince me that the two birds were Dunlins.

Cliff Weisse
Reject, specific identification not established

Same comment

Darren Clark
Accept

I'm still voting to accept. I understand the hesitancy of others to accept, but I still think the combination of features described and the time of year are enough to support the ID as Dunlin

Doug Ward
Accept

Timing, general (ie; bill shape and structure, general coloration), though almost insufficient description, remains enough for me to “accept” again in this round.

Jay Carlisle
Accept

no change from round 1 (but I agree that some mention of relative size would be helpful)

Shirley Sturts
Accept

I am still convinced

Carl Lundblad
Reject, specific identification not established

No change. While likely correct and only marginally rate, this submission doesn't include enough details and only discusses one other species.