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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Sandpiper's & Plovers?

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Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2013
2:06 PM

Post #9488790

Here's some more seabirds from my trip to Bolivar on Tuesday.

#1 & 2 --- Baird's Sandpiper? They had been spotted the day before in the area.

#3 & 4 --- Plover's? They were hanging out with a flock of Ruddy Turnstone (as seen in pic #5)

If it help's here are a few of the bird's that had been reported in that area that looked kind of like these:
Marbled Godwit
And the following plovers: SNOWY, SEMIPALMATED, and PIPING

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United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2013
2:40 PM

Post #9489881

#1-2 Willet - far too large and long-billed for Baird's (which is slightly smaller than a Dunlin). Note the long, lead-grey legs, and long, straight bill (not downcurved at all)

#3-4 (and 5 with the Turnstones) are Sanderling - note the clean white breast (no black chest collars or half-collars), and blackish shoulder patches (a good Sanderling character)

Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2013
7:21 PM

Post #9490202

Ahhhh I hadn't even thought about sanderling or Willet. All these brown seabirds look the same to me! You are awesome as always.

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