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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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bpresby22

Confirming 2 Shore birds

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Good morning,

 

I believe these are:  I'm not sure on the sandpiper.  Both photos taken January 2018 in Southern California.

 

Thanks for your help

Western Sandpiper

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2)

Long-billed Curlew

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Juvy Western Sandpiper and Long-billed Curlew.

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The Western may be a SY bird, but it's not in juvenile plumage. (That wouldn't be expected in January.) Juvenile Westerns show strong scalloping on the wing coverts and rufous scapulars.

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11 minutes ago, bpresby22 said:

Thank for the help "SY bird", i'm not familiar with this term, what does it mean?  

Still Young maybe?

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It means Second Year, in other words a bird that hatched last summer. Juvenile, on the other hand, refers to the first set of non-down feathers that a bird grows. In many cases, like sandpipers, those feathers are mostly molted out quite early. In most of our sparrows, they're molted out within a few weeks and you don't see that plumage unless you're on in the breeding range. In others, like large hawks and eagles, you'll see juvenile plumage well into the second year, with a few juvenile flight feathers lasting 2 or 3 years. SY is banding talk, and sometimes I slip into it too easily.

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Just now, akiley said:

SY means second year, but @psweetcould explain that terminology much better than I can.  

Ok, makes sense. 

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36 minutes ago, bpresby22 said:

Thank for the help "SY bird", i'm not familiar with this term, what does it mean?  

Second Year.  I just thought the lack of chest streaking leaned towards Juvy.

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It's possible that some of the undersides are still juvenile feathers -- I don't know the specifics of their molt sequence. The uppersides are basic plumage, though.

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2 minutes ago, psweet said:

SY is banding talk, and sometimes I slip into it too easily.

Don't worry, It's okay to be too smart at times. ;)

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Second bird is my nephew Bill Long ...... we're a big family.

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