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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 21:28   #1
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Help needed with shorebirds

Are the first ones Sanderlings?
The single bird I'm not sure of-I don't want to guess on it but I do notice it has a slightly down-curved bill.-thanks for the help-
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 21:29   #2
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sanderlings and a dunlin I beleive
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Old Sunday 13th January 2008, 21:35   #3
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Thanks-I'm starting to catch on but-I think I need to pay more attention to the overall shape.The varying plumage is what's throwing me off.
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 01:39   #4
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I completely agree with Marcus, Larry. As you know though you're seeing winter plumage above and the Dunlin in particular is quite a lot different in summer with the bold black on it's belly but in winter looks a totally different Bird. Have a look in your book and you'll see. It's always a blighter in winter with waders, but keep at it as the more you do the more you learn. I've a long way to go too!

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agreed, sanderlings and a dunlin.
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 11:49   #6
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Thanks-I'm starting to catch on but-I think I need to pay more attention to the overall shape.The varying plumage is what's throwing me off.
Waders are a tricky bunch to work out, especially as you also have lots of peeps in the US. If you learn the Dunlin it will help as you go forwards in identifying the other species.
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Old Monday 14th January 2008, 19:51   #7
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Sanderling and Dunlin for me too....

I was looking at the second one and just wondering if there may be something Curlew Sandpiper about it but for one it would be a rarity in that area and secondly a few things including the fairly noticable breast streaking make it a Dunlin for sure.

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Sanderling and Dunlin for me too....

I was looking at the second one and just wondering if there may be something Curlew Sandpiper about it but for one it would be a rarity in that area and secondly a few things including the fairly noticable breast streaking make it a Dunlin for sure.
American 'Hudsonian' Dunlin are longer-billed than European breeding birds
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Thanks-all-I'm actually going to dig up the shorebird guide that I bought months ago but have completely ignored up until now.
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