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Western Wisconsin -- Shorebirds (1 Viewer)

jstanleyg

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I was at the Fish Lake Wildlife Area in Western Wisconsin on Wednesday Eve (June 3). A nice mudflat area. Also very large so some of these pics are pretty bad. photos 1 and 2 I'm pretty sure are Pectoral Sandpiper. 3 and 4 are pretty bad, but it sure looks like a black stomach. I thought I might be crazy and it was simply a Bobolink, but that doesn't match as well as possible Dunlin or maybe one of the black plovers? Photo 5 is bad, but looks like it's different than either of the other two species, so let me know if you have any ideas.

Thanks!
 

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THE_FERN

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First 2 look OK for pecs; 3-4 I think perhaps American golden Plover as I think I can see some brown or golden tones. If not that then Black-bellied (grey) Plover. Last is probably a bird :)... Not sure we can say for sure based on a pic like that
 

THE_FERN

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Its a black-bellied plover, white under the tail

Yes I saw and considered that. But the photo's not clear-cut, and AGP can show similar. Note my initial thought was grey plover but then I saw the brownish tones I noted. I'm happy to go with grey plover if that's what the consensus is...

[..but can you ever be really sure with photos like this? ...Can't really judge proportions, leg length etc]
 

jstanleyg

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[..but can you ever be really sure with photos like this? ...Can't really judge proportions, leg length etc]

While 100% certainty would be nice, I'm happy with narrowing it down to one of the plovers and ruling out dunlin or other species.

Thanks everyone for your input!
 

tom baxter

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Yes I saw and considered that. But the photo's not clear-cut, and AGP can show similar. Note my initial thought was grey plover but then I saw the brownish tones I noted. I'm happy to go with grey plover if that's what the consensus is...

[..but can you ever be really sure with photos like this? ...Can't really judge proportions, leg length etc]

I did not think that Golden Plover could ever show a full alternate, all black belly with white under tail coverts. This is typically used as an ID feature in my experience. Photo browsing, I don't see any example of this either, but perhaps you know otherwise. If you come across any pictures please share.
 

THE_FERN

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I did not think that Golden Plover could ever show a full alternate, all black belly with white under tail coverts. This is typically used as an ID feature in my experience. Photo browsing, I don't see any example of this either, but perhaps you know otherwise. If you come across any pictures please share.

I think the point is that the photo is far from clear. I for one can't be sure exactly what the undertail pattern is on this bird, or the precise extent of black and white on the underparts in general.
 
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