Stint (Calidris minuta)
in Chatham, Massachusetts - 24 July 2005
This adult Little Stint was digiscoped on South Beach, in Chatham, Massachusetts on 24 July 2005 with a Nikon Coolpix 995 and a Leica Televid 77 APO Telescope by Blair Nikula. This is one of apparently two different individuals that were present over the weekend of 23-24 July.
The following two atypically colored peep provided some confusion for those searching for the Little Stint(s). The first is a bird with a buffy face that in every other respect seems to be a perfectly typical adult Semipalmated Sandpiper. Whether the coloration is from staining or from an abnormality in the plumage is unclear.
The second bird is an adult Least Sandpiper that has a yellowish wash on the underparts (suggestive of a bird that was dyed with picric acid, though presumably such a bird would be banded), a tinge of buffy coloration on the neck and face, as well as unusually dark legs. The legs appear virtually as dark as the Semipalmated Sandpiper to its right, though perhaps with a slight olive tinge. In every other respect, including the bill shape, it appeared typical for an adult Least Sandpiper.