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Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9633543

Sigh... :) They're going back south and we happen to run into a few. I suspect some are juveniles/immature and this is really throwing me off. Western Sandpipers were seen in this area a few days ago, but none of these look quite right for that.

Thank you for your help.

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Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2013
4:01 PM

Post #9633623

I am looking at the eye line and I get three possibilities: semipalmated, western, or white-rumped, in roughly that order. I am not sure about second photo - the bill appears a different color. And one of the birds in the 4th photo may not have the eyeline.


United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 18, 2013
1:05 AM

Post #9633915

Yep, juveniles, from the neat plumage pattern (adults are moulting at this time of year, so tend to be a bit scruffy).

Streaking only on the breast, not the flanks, so not Dunlin

The wings are not particularly long, so not Baird's or White-rumped.

Legs dark, so not Least or Pectoral

Bill too long for Semipalmated (except possibly pic #2, but that's too small to be sure)

That leaves Western, which is also OK on plumage



Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9635149

Thank you so much for the ID and the explanations of why they are not certain species. I have to remember these markings. The Westerns are a life bird for us.

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