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Old Wednesday 21st March 2007, 12:30   #1
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Help with ID of US Shorebirds

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Can anyone help with these two birds seen yesterday near Rockport Texas?
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Old Wednesday 21st March 2007, 12:35   #2
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hi jeff,

you've got a spotted sandpiper and a long-billed(?) dowitcher there.
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Not entirely sure on the dowitcher-the distal third of the bill appears to drop which is a pro Short-billed feature and the breast has quite a lot of fine speckling on it. Definitely a spotted sandpiper.
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I would say you have a Solitary Sandpiper still in basic (non-breeding) plumage and a Short-billed Dowitcher judging from the placement of the eye (higher up than on a Long-billed Dowitcher) and the attendent more arching white eyebrow.
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I would say you have a Solitary Sandpiper still in basic (non-breeding) plumage and a Short-billed Dowitcher judging from the placement of the eye (higher up than on a Long-billed Dowitcher) and the attendent more arching white eyebrow.
Dunno about the dow but surely the faint supercil rules out Solitary Sand? Not to mention the yellowish legs and red tinted bill? To me jizz doesn't suggest Tringa either....

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Dunno about the dow but surely the faint supercil rules out Solitary Sand? Not to mention the yellowish legs and red tinted bill? To me jizz doesn't suggest Tringa either....
I goofed on the first bird, I meant to say a Spotted Sandpiper in basic (non-breeding plumage) it is NOT a Solitary Sandpiper.
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