At 04:41 PM 8/9/2009, Dave Faintich wrote:
>Dave -
>Was the bill real long & thick?  Like about twice the length of other plovers?

I was thinking about this after posting earlier and looking through 
Sibley and Peterson some more.  It was longer and thicker in 
appearance to my eyes than the semi that was 50 ft away.  I went back 
and forth between them.  I am not sure I would characterize it as 
twice other plovers though.  I would say it was heavier than the 
semi, i.e. thicker, less delicate looking, but black rather than 
orange color would account for some of that.  I did not realize how 
unusual it was or would have spent more time.  I saw a recent post 
about using a cell phone thru binocs and tried it, amazingly it works 
but I didn't think to do it for this bird; kicking myself now.


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