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Observed: 25th September 2011 By: crobins745
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Description:

What bird is in the middle of the pack of Ringed Plover?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Knot (Calidris canutus) interacts

Comments

Herb Robert's picture

What bird is in the middle of the pack of Ringed Plover?

Knot?

David Gibbs's picture

is it a knot?

Ringed plover 17-19.5cm, knot 23-26 so should look significantly larger. The bird in this flock is no bulkier than RP. Further white fringes to primaries are apparent suggesting a 1cy bird so cant be moulting out of sum plum. Bill also very long for knot. I would tend towards Curlew Sand, or perhaps a rather rufous Dunlin. Post on http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=114 for more expert opinion.

Syrphus's picture

I think you might have a

I think you might have a point there, David. Not sure about Curlew Sand, though - the shape looks a bit wrong. Click in haste, repent at leisure!

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David Jardine's picture

Too small for a Knot

I tend to agree this is too small for a Knot, but can't be certain as to id.Bill appears too straight for Curlew Sand and the upper breast appears to have blackish flanks - if pushed I'd say Dunlin, but it's not an easy one, possibly best left without firm id on the evidence available