CLOSED: Help with Shorebirds and a Sparrow, Please

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

These images were taken yesterday (13 Nov 2012) at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge - on the Texas Gulf Coast. There are some freshwater ponds in the Refuge, but some of the water is brackish. I'm not sure about these ponds.

1 Sanderling?
2. I don't know
3. I don't know
4. Are the ducks marked correctly? I also see Greenwing Teal, White Ibis, American Avocet, Northern Shoveler (maybe) and American Wigeon (maybe)
5. Chipping Sparrow?


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(Zone 5a)

I'll leave the shorebirds and ducks to another, but yes that is a Chipping Sparrow. So that's where our little fellows went! :)

The black line going from the bill through the eye is a good identifier for the Chipping.

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks Chilly! And thanks for the ID tip. Much appreciated.

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

you Pintail looks like a Wood Duck Drake to me
Yes Northern Shoverler
behind the front row of ducks the fartherest out in water toward middle kind of looks like a Scaup hen(white around bill)

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

#1 - probably a Western Sandpiper - best to catch them with their bills out of the water if possible ;-)

#2 - Dunlin

#3 - Least Sandpiper

#4 - Mostly GW Teal; one Pintail, two Redhead (m & f), and in the front row, at least 2 Blue-w Teal (just right of the r.h. White Ibis) and at least 1 Shoveler (near-front far right).

#5 - ditto


Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks Donna. I cropped in closer to the pintail - pin isn't developed yet, but you can see the white streaks on the head clearly. Not sure about which one might be scaup.

Resin, Thanks. I looked and don't have that bird with bill out of water. I was way off on 2 and 3. Shorebirds are still a mystery to me.

On the closer crop, is the one I marked the one you are calling the Redhead hen?

That brings up another question ... What is the duck in photos 2 and 3 here. Same duck flying and landing.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, that's the female Redhead. The new ducks are Gadwall - the small white patch is a good pointer (though some diving ducks also have white wing patches too), and the males being mostly grey.


Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

Okay! At least I got the flying Gadwall right. I mistakenly thought that the duck you have ID'd as the female Redhead was a Gadwall.

Thanks much, Resin!


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