Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

ML175862471



eBird Checklist S59556678
Noblewood Park
Essex, New York, United States
Search this location, Illustrated Checklist
Latitude and Longitude 44.3549, -73.3566 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Observation details

*Rare. Locally scarce but annual on the lake (more so on the VT side) when detected during fall migration. First record on the eBird map for Noblewood Park. Stunning, crisp juvenile observed at length as it successfully snatched moths off the lake surface along the south side of the main peninsula. When I arrived, the bird was located out at the point of the south sand spit (south side of the river mouth) but was chased off by an aggressive Ring-billed Gull. As a result, the phalarope began working its way west along the beach and eventually passed directly in front of me offering unbelievable views and occasionally vocalizing. The bird was darting across the water surface, pursuing apparent tiny white moths. The behavior sort of reminded me of White-faced Storm-Petrel, as it danced and darted across the calm water surface. Compact shorebird with mostly pale head and a conspicuous dark eye/ear patch and dark cap. The bird had a thin, “needle-like” bill, similar to Wilson’s Phalarope. Striking back pattern with covert and tetrials surrounding outlined by buff. Also some gray-buff wash on the sides of the neck. The bird called several times while it was feeding but I was unable to get a recording. Quite an experience. Some documentation images supplement this report.

Technical Information

Model
NIKON D500
Lens model
300.0 mm f/4.0
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
420 mm
Shutter speed
1/2000 sec
ISO
560
Flash
Flash did not fire
Original file size
7,728KB
Dimensions
4615 x 3077

Related Media

Same Observation

View All

Same Checklist

View All

Same Species

View All