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Stint maybe? Id help please, Muscat Oman, March 23, 2024 (1 Viewer)


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Help sought please, are these sanderlings or little stints or something else? Photos taken at mouth of the Muscat River, about 100 meters from the ocean on March 23, 2024. The river is almost non-existent at this time.
I am leaning towards little stints due to I think the thin and not thick bill, what I think is a pointed bill tip, and no dusting of white along the feather edges. Unfortunately, the angle of the birds heads and bill are not particularly helpful, nor is the somewhat foggy photos:)
Also, they were not running around like I usually see sanderlings do.
All comments, corrections and suggestions gratefully appreciated.
thank you in advance


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Thank you Ken, much appreciated as always. I almost did not post the last photo; fortunately I did as that would be a first for me:) I will have to go through my photos again now:)
I was wondering about the hint of an eye-ring on the birds.
thank you again Ken
Thanks Butty, is that because they all have it or because I am seeing things or it varies by individual within a species, or for another reason:)?
Thanks again, I do find eye-rings very variable in shorebirds (except for some plovers)
If your field guide doesn't say it's of any significance, then it's not of any significance. I can't, offhand, think of using either eye-ring or orbital ring in the ID of any Calidris (others may correct me).

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