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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #9268818

Help. I don't know what these are. I was standing by some marsh grass and a flight of about 12 of these abruptly flew in and splashed down right next to me and a couple of other people. I got a few shots while they milled around in the shallow water and sand and then they flew off again. Salt water in Baytown, TX (near Galveston). I won't venture a guess at the size because I don't estimate size very well, but compared to others I saw, these were relatively small.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2012
11:10 AM

Post #9268965

Least Sandpipers - the combination of yellow legs, small size, fairly short bills and brown upperpart plumage clinches them.

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9268968

Thanks much Resin. I was leaning that direction, but the bill didn't look as narrow as in my book, so wasn't sure. New bird for this year for me! Cool.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9268976

Waders are often drawn with their bills too thin in books ;-)

It's the same with bills on chickadees and titmice, see how they're drawn in books, then compare some photos.

Resin

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