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Sandpiper, Clearwater, Florida.

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Old Sunday 25th March 2012, 02:36   #1
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Sandpiper, Clearwater, Florida.

This was taken today at a very busy boat launch in Clearwater, Florida. It didn't seem afraid of people or noise at all.

I haven't found one that was so smooth and even in color and pattern, both on the back and the breast with such a distinct dividing line between the grey and the white.


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I think that a Spotted Sandpiper. They can have a rather plain back (as can Willets). I am struck by the spots, which may indicate it is moving into breeding plumage. The sharp demarcation which you addressed, is also a feature. (Ref: Chandler R. Shorebirds of North America, Europe and Asia. 2009; Princeton University Press. p. 407). But shorebirds can be tough, so I will happily be corrected by others who are more knowledgable.
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Agree, Spotted sandpiper. Adult nonbreeding plumage just moving into breeding as Doc indicates. See them in creek on side of yard here. Believe NA best distributed sandpiper.
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