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Shorebird in Quebec, Canada (1 Viewer)

Hi everyone,

I hope someone can help me with the ID of this shorebird.

I initially thought this was a Ruddy Turnstone, given its black chest and brown / black mottled back but now I'm not so sure.

Is the beak too long for a RUTU? What other bird would have the black chest?

Note there were also Least Sandpipers, Semi Pal sandpipers and Black-bellied plovers in the vicinity.

Any thoughts?

thanks,

Carl
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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Not saying, that it isnt a RuddyTurnstone with confidence, but:
its a pitfall picture for me, that needs to be looked at on full screen. Although bird has a Turnstone-jizz, it seems to be not this species after close examination:
  • bill is too long and with a slender tip, and bill is slightly curved downwards
  • legs look dar, not bright orange like most Turnstones
  • jpeg artefacts and resolution add to a pattern, that seems a Turnstone-pattern, but something seems wrong, especially the head pattern.

But what is it? I am out here.

Edit: legs seems not strong and stout enough. I didnt noticed this at first, but thats what I tried to express: its a pitfall picture, that isnt obvious on first look (yes, it might be an bad pitfall picture of a Ruddy Turnstone, but I dont think so)
 
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Andrew Whitehouse

Professor of Listening
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Scotland
Not saying, that it isnt a RuddyTurnstone with confidence, but:
its a pitfall picture for me, that needs to be looked at on full screen. Although bird has a Turnstone-jizz, it seems to be not this species after close examination:
  • bill is too long and with a slender tip, and bill is slightly curved downwards
  • legs look dar, not bright orange like most Turnstones
  • jpeg artefacts and resolution add to a pattern, that seems a Turnstone-pattern, but something seems wrong, especially the head pattern.

But what is it? I am out here.
Agree with this. The legs look dull, yellowish to me. I think it's potentially a Least Sandpiper.
 

Butty

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I passed this over as turnstone on a quick look, but I agree that it isn't. Bill is quite wrong, and the photo-mush has been at work on the plumage. I agree that least sandpiper looks likely - on structure - even though sat on a somewhat unlikely spot.
 

Microtus

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United States
I looked at the photo for a lot longer this time. It is definitely not a Ruddy Turnstone. Least Sandpiper looks like a good candidate.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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