I know enough about birds to know that I don't know enough about birds....Today, being a glorious day was a perfect time to visit Forsythe. Still plenty of peeps floating in and out.
I decided to do a bit of digiscoping too, using a new tool (phone-scope) I picked up for my spotting scope. Really, handy....easy to use. Google it.
Anyhow....I ran across many cool looking birds with breeding season here...Dunlins, Turnstones, and Black Bellied Plovers..... semi-palmated Sandpipers and Dowitchers and Yellowlegs and of course ,this one here on the video. You see, I know enough to know, I don't know what it is.
Recently at Forsythe, all sort of birds are being found with Ruffs (no, this isn't a Ruff)-- Short Billed Dowitchers?.....(no, can't be as it was next to a few of them and it was a bit smaller and coloration wrong-- Yellow Legs?, (perhaps but smaller and the bill on this one has a slight downturn), Could that be a Stilted Sandpiper?....(no because the size wasn't that much smaller than a Dowitcher...but the bill is downturned)....
I am not sure....I am not an expert. I don't make money from birding and am not accountable to anyone person, organization or institution. Given that, I can be wrong and no one cares. I can be right too and no one cares. For I am the only person that matters. Given that ambiguous state of mind, I can also say, I just don't know and I won't get fired for saying it. So if you have a guess of what the bird is, good for you.
As an update....I asked John and Les their opinion....Accordingly they think it is a dowitcher based upon the size and shape of the bill as well as the spangling of the feathers on the back rules out a Yellow Legs...., also the line above eye. I can go with that, for they are the experts...