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#1 MR bluebird

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:05 PM

Taken today in Western Idaho. A lot of rain recently has inceased the small pond in many fields.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:08 PM

Looks like an American Avocet.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:09 PM

Looks like an American Avocet.


That was my first thought also.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

maybe a yellowleg? But it is probably a Avocet.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:27 PM

I know the picture is not the best but I remember the bill being straight and not as long as an avoct. I hope to stop by and get a better photo.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:32 PM

The bill doesn't look thin enough of upturned enough for an Avocet. We are just getting these back here in the last couple of weeks and their coloring is their distinctive rust & white breeding plumage, which I really don't see here.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:36 PM

I don't see an avocet at all. I think the grass in the foreground is making it look like there are wingbars that aren't there. I think this is a yellowlegs.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:21 AM

I think American Avocet: if it's not a trick of the light, the neck looks a different shade than the rest of the body & the wings look dark with white patches/stripes. Also, the bill could look straight because its head is turned.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:26 AM

The bill is what we should look at. It is not long and up-turned like an avocet. It is short (ish), and strait. That fits with yellowlegs. I don't think we can make out what type of yellowlegs, but I don't see avocet at all.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:28 AM

The bill is what we should look at. It is not long and up-turned like an avocet. It is short (ish), and strait. That fits with yellowlegs. I don't think we can make out what type of yellowlegs, but I don't see avocet at all.

Although, you can't see the beak well because its head is turned.

EDIT: oh wait, MR Bluebird said it was straight, sorry ^_^

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:31 AM

My first thought was a Yellowlegs as well. If you look at the wing there is no white bar like an Avocet would have. and the bill is not up-turned enough for an American Avocet.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:37 AM

But what about the different colored head?

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:17 AM

But what about the different colored head?


Head color looks fine for Yellowlegs to me.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:04 AM

Yeah no offense meant but I don't see how this could be confused with Avocet. Looks fine for Yellowlegs sp. to me, leaning greater fwiw.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:16 PM

Thanks for the great discussion. My first impression was a yellowlegs.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:18 PM

well what ever you think.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:04 PM

I'm thinking Greater, based on the apparent bulk of the body.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:01 PM

Based on body and bill, looks like Greater Yellowlegs to me
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