Monday, September 20, 2010
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Answer by Tony Leukering
A flying shorebird with mostly-white underparts and black feet, with the latter feature doing a pretty good job at knocking down the number of possibilities, is this week's quiz bird. The bill is black, somewhat thick, and blunt-tipped. There is a hint of some reddish on the face and throat and the upperside of the wings looks like it sports a fairly wide white wing stripe. With all of the quiz bird's obvious field marks, one that might get overlooked is the color of the bird's wrists -- they're black. Black wrists contrasting with wide white wing stripe in combination with the other characters point to only one species. I took this picture of a molting adult Sanderling at Villas, Cape May Co., NJ, on 20 August 2010.
Incorrect species provided as answers:
Congratulations to the 19 of 19 getting the quiz correct: