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Old Monday 16th September 2019, 13:19   #1
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help with shorebirds in a reclamation pond

Hi!

I am most grateful for help in IDing any of these shorebirds;
(aside from the egret and heron).
I arrived at around sunset, so the photos may not be much to go on.
Perhaps those in the know can tell.
I am new, but excited about shorebirds.

Location: rice field reclamation pond, slowly drying up, providing food for the birds.
Ishikari, Hokkaido, Japan:
which has a large river running to the ocean nearby as well.
This pond is slightly inland, surrounded by rice and farm fields.

I thought PERHAPS Godwits, Dowitchers, or some kind of large billed sandpiper.
Not sure, could use the help.
Hokkaido causes migrations at this time due to the coming cold winter.

Thanks so much for any help!

Jeff
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Old Monday 16th September 2019, 14:35   #2
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1,2,4,5 Godwits I think 5 has Bar-tailed. My guess is there are also Black-tailed in those pics.
3 I feel is a smaller species.
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Thanks Indobirder!
I thought maybe Godwit.
The variety here in Hokkaido is Bar-tailed,
at least from what I can find in my guides and e-bird.
the smaller birds had long straight black bills.....

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1,2,4,5 Godwits I think 5 has Bar-tailed. My guess is there are also Black-tailed in those pics.
3 I feel is a smaller species.
At least the rightmost bird of pic 1 should be black-tailed given the great length of the tibia (first part) compared with the tarsus (second part of leg). The smaller waders may be [common] greenshank
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1. Seems to be mostly Black-tailed Godwits. The two in the bottom left may be Bar-tailed.
2, 4, 5. Bar-tailed Godwits. Looks like Black-tailed in the back of 2 & 4.
I guess these are all of the same birds.

3. Overall appearance of these birds looks like Common Greenshank to me.
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Thanks Fern and John!

Hopefully I can get back to this remote place before the migration ends in a few weeks.
Well appreciated everyone for guiding me in a direction.

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