Off Topic - Help with shorebird ID, please

Subject: Off Topic - Help with shorebird ID, please
From: Koren Mitchell <>
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 08:30:44 +0800
Looks to me like a Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius). I have a copy of "Shorebirds - An Identification Guide" by Hayman, Marchant and Prater which has a picture of the moulting juvenile, and it looks just like this. Also check out
for some pictures and description. Apparently they mostly live offshore but get blown inshore during storms, which fits with where you saw it.

Cheers, Koren

At 08:08 7/04/2005, wrote:
This request is off topic because I saw and photographed this little shorebird on the coast of Oregon, in the USA, not in Australia.  I know that some American birders read this list, though, and shorebirds often travel great distances, so maybe this species has been seen by someone in Australia or Asia.  I saw the bird right after a large storm, in November of 1997.
I have been digitizing some old Hi-8 video, and I ran across some footage of this little guy.  I hadn't started birding in 1997, but I don't recall ever seeing another bird like this, in extensive birding up and down the west coast during the last five years.  I apologize for the quality of the pictures - they are screen captures from the video.
I have posted four pictures of the bird, at the bottom of the home page of my web site: .  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the four pictures.
My best guess is a juvenile Sanderling, but I have never seen a Sanderling with black markings on its head like this, nor does the color of the wings seem right for a Sanderling.  It seems like this bird is probably in between its breeding plumage and its winter plumage, but even taking that into consideration, I can't identify it.  From the video and some comments I made at the time, I think the size was in the 6 to 8 inch range, probably toward the smaller end of that range.
Any help, anyone?
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give.

Koren Mitchell
Hong Kong
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