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Old Monday 27th August 2007, 15:33   #1
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Another Sandpiper, USA

The below photograph was taken last week near Crystal River, Florida.

This appears to be a Sandpiper in Nonbreeding plumage. It was smaller than a Sanderling. My choices are Western, Semipalmated or Least. I am favoring Least.

Any opinions???
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Old Monday 27th August 2007, 15:37   #2
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I'd go for Least Sandpiper in winter pluamge. The greenish-yellow legs are a good clue.
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Old Monday 27th August 2007, 15:39   #3
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Stuart is spot-on with Least Sandpiper. The leg color is by-far the best field-mark, but the medium-in-length, slightly down-curved bill is also a good clue.

Excellent photo!
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You guys are right. I should have noticed the yellow legs as it differentiates this Sandpiper from the others I was considering. As I am a photgrapher and not a bird watcher, IDs are always my trouble spot. I do try to get good photographs for IDs.
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Old Monday 27th August 2007, 22:56   #5
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I do try to get good photographs for IDs.
Which you invariably do.

Makes it much more satisfying and eliminates all the interminable speculation and guesswork we have to suffer from the dodgy pic Threads, after which we still are undecided.
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