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WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« : August 09, 2012, 10:25:05 AM »
Cropped a whole bunch.  On the pier at Montrose today.

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Re: Willert With Yellow Legs?
« #1 : August 09, 2012, 10:42:27 AM »
That's a WANDERING TATTLER!!!
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Re: Willert With Yellow Legs?
« #2 : August 09, 2012, 10:43:51 AM »
Steve,  I was the guy with you on the beach.  Here's a couple more





« : August 09, 2012, 11:10:58 AM Hedgehog »
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Re: Willert With Yellow Legs?
« #3 : August 09, 2012, 10:44:30 AM »
Jesus, it is. I'm on my way over there.

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Re: Willert With Yellow Legs?
« #4 : August 09, 2012, 10:48:05 AM »
Wow.  I just saw Greg's post.

Steve and I saw it where the beach meets the fish hook pier. 

This was around 9:30AM.  It was on the pier for about a minute and then flew northwest and I lost it.

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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #5 : August 09, 2012, 10:55:39 AM »
Matt, you can do whatever documentation anyone wants since you saw it first. And you have more legs than I. :-)

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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #6 : August 09, 2012, 10:58:21 AM »
Amazing! 

I'm going out to Waukegan Beach (AGAIN) to see if anything wanderers have shown up.  Every stretch of beach in the area should be checked, especially considering the current weather might keep this bird around.  Thanks for putting these shots up, Steve.  I almost died.
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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #7 : August 09, 2012, 10:59:23 AM »
I was going to say it looked like a wandering tattler but tried to find a good picture to compare it to since it seemed so strange haha.

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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #8 : August 09, 2012, 11:02:08 AM »
You may want to check all the rocky piers in addition to the beaches.  I was thinking the rocks near Rainbow Beach might be another good location.
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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #9 : August 09, 2012, 11:05:07 AM »
I was at home processing my pictures like Steve.  I was flipping through Sibleys trying to get a comparison.  Now I realize the Eastern Sibleys doesn't have a Tattler!. 

Also had a flyover Bonaparte's.  So the weather is bringing in the birds, as you guys predicted yesterday.

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WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #10 : August 09, 2012, 11:18:19 AM »
I see it has been mentioned already, but remember, this bird breeds on gravel streams and winters on rocky coasts.  Look for it on rocks like in Evanston or Waukegan.  Sure hope it is refound, this is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this on our IL lists.
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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #11 : August 09, 2012, 11:18:43 AM »
Wow! To put this into perspective, I saw that bird in HAWAII!
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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #12 : August 09, 2012, 11:42:35 AM »
I looked for but did not see the Wandering Tattler at Montrose this afternoon. I walked the entire length of the fishing pier and checked the beach as well. The only shorebirds I saw were ~6 Sanderlings on the beach, 2 Spotted Sandpipers working the beach and pier and a lone Killdeer. There is a LOT of rocky habitat north (and south) of Montrose so it could be anywhere along the lakefront.

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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #13 : August 09, 2012, 11:43:28 AM »
Incredible find!  Best of luck relocating this bird everyone! 

Since Great Knot has occurred in West Virginia, I think that opens the door for consideration of even rarer options.  I fully expect this to be a Wandering Tattler, but Gray-tailed Tattler is incredibly similar to Wandering and breeds in the Siberian arctic.  I'm not an expert in separating these two species, but a brief search online seems to reveal that each species has diagnostic vocalizations.  Recordings or close-up photos of the nasal grove of the beak may help resolve the final identification. 
Good luck everyone!

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Re: WANDERING TATTLER AT MONTROSE (Cook)
« #14 : August 09, 2012, 12:06:44 PM »
Yep, Sean beat me to it.  Although the wing length on this bird does seem to be better for Wandering (I think they'd be a little shorter in Gray-tailed...maybe), I don't think we should rule out Gray-tailed yet.  More incentive to refind the sucker!  Don't forget to check the rocks around Northerly Island!

Wow,
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