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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NONBREEDING RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, TOLLGATE PONDS, HAMILTON, ON

   We can ID these three sandpipers as Red-necked Phalaropes as follows:
  • White face with dark cap and dark eye patch.
  • Black, thin bill.
  • Dark above with striations and white below.
Two of the phalaropes have dark napes and the one whose dark nape is almost gone has some buff on ts neck.  These are leftovers from their breeding plumage, which has not completely molted.

   The Red-necked Phalarope is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 312.