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Red-necked Stint 2021: Oregon on 9-Aug, SoCal on 22-Aug

January 13, 2022

[Posted by Chuck Almdale]

One or more Red-necked Stints appeared on the west coast this fall. We have five photos of the single Oregon bird, taken 9-Aug-2021 at DeLaura Beach Access, Clatsop, OR, and twelve of the Malibu Lagoon, Malibu CA, taken on 22-Aug and 25-Aug, 2021. We don’t know if these are of the same bird, but they are a selection of those taken at both locations on three days.

Red-necked Stint 1 at DeLaura Beach Access, Clatsop, OR (Ryan Downey, 09 Aug 2021)
Red-necked Stint 2 at DeLaura Beach Access, Clatsop, OR (Ryan Downey, 09 Aug 2021)

Compare to the Malibu Lagoon bird 22-Aug-2021.

Red-necked Stint, left side. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:25:02)

Back to the 9-Aug-2021 Oregon bird.

Red-necked Stint 3 at DeLaura Beach Access, Clatsop, OR (Ryan Downey, 09 Aug 2021)

Compare to the Malibu Lagoon bird 22-Aug-2021.

Red-necked Stint, left side angle. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:24:19)

Two more photos of the Oregon bird 9-Aug-2021.

Red-necked Stint 1 at DeLaura Beach Access, Clatsop, OR (Colby Neuman, 09 Aug 2021)
Red-necked Stint 2 at DeLaura Beach Access, Clatsop, OR (Colby Neuman, 09 Aug 2021)

The following photos of the Red-necked Stint are all of the single Southern California bird, taken 13 days later, on 22 Aug 2021. This was reportedly the 4th historical sighting of Red-necked Stint in Los Angeles County.

Red-necked Stint; upright. Malibu Lagoon, CA (Photo Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, Time 09:38:41)

Red-necked Stint, approaching. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:01:11)
Red-necked Stint, right side bending. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:22:58)
Red-necked Stint and closer Western Sandpiper. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Femi Faminu, 8-22-21, time: 11:08)

The following photos of the same Red-necked Stint were taken three days later, on 25-Aug-2021, at the same location, Malibu Lagoon, Los Angeles County, CA.

Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:02:31)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:02:37)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:04:36)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:05:52)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:05:54)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:25:07)
Photos taken at blue pin at SE corner of lagoon. Bird first seen from pavilion area next to Malibu Lagoon car park. The lagoon outlet to the ocean is currently closed.

There you go. We report, you decide. I don’t know enough about plumage changes in shorebirds in general and Red-necked Stints in particular to make an informed judgement as to whether this is the same bird. Photography and lighting have a lot to do with how a bird can look. The first three Oregon photos appear to be taken in “golden light” of early morning or late afternoon, enhancing reddish colors. Same thing for many of the Malibu Lagoon photos.

Additional photos of the Oregon bird are here:
https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=rensti&sort=rating_rank_desc&mediaType=p&regionCode=US-OR-007

Additional photos of the Malibu Lagoon bird are here:
https://smbasblog.com/2021/08/24/red-necked-stint-at-malibu-lagoon-8-22-21/
and
https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=rensti&yr=YCUSTOM&mr=M8TO11&mediaType=p&sort=obs_date_asc&ey=2021&hotspot=Malibu%20Lagoon,%20Los%20Angeles,%20US-CA&hotspotCode=L597658&by=2021

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Aurelio Albaisa permalink
    January 13, 2022 2:17 pm

    The stint at Clatsop would have been wearing a. raincoat in late August. I’m voting for two birds. Great pics by Chris & Femi as usual. Thanks.

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    • Chukar permalink*
      January 13, 2022 3:33 pm

      Myth-monger!
      I lived on the Oregon coast in the 70’s and from early May to late Oct rain was no more likely than it is here.
      Rain started falling mid-Nov, and the pattern into April would be 3 days warm and rainy, sometimes torrentially, then 3 days cold and dry.
      August was quite dry, and between the coastal and Cascade ranges, temp was in the 100’s.

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