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#1 mhelsel

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:12 AM

I am terrible at identifying shorebirds, so I was hoping to get some help with these!
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Thank you in advance!

These were taken at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus, NJ.

#2 JimBob

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:18 AM

1,2,3: Greater Yellowlegs.
4: Pass
5: Solitary Sandpiper

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:25 AM

I'm thinking Least Sandpiper for 4, based on the bill.

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#4 Grandpa577

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:26 AM

1-3. Greater Yellowlegs with long thin upturned bill, white eye ring and barred breast (and yellow legs where visible).
4. Semipalmated Sandpiper pair - female on left with smaller bill.
5. Solitary Sandpiper - the extensive dark upperparts and thick bill differentiate it from a Lesser Yellowlegs.

Correction - O'Brien, Crossley and Karlson in The Shorebird Guide on pg 147,indicate it is the female that has the longer bill. In the photo provided the shorter bill looks similar to the Least Sandpiper's bill.

#5 TheBillyPilgrim

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:36 AM

Agree with Liam on #4. I think they're legs are just hidden in shadows, but those thin, droopy bills look like Least.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:40 AM

http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream

that is another picture of the #4 birds!

Thank you all so much

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:02 PM

http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream

that is another picture of the #4 birds!

Thank you all so much


Another vote for Least

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:20 PM

Least for me too that bill is slightly drooped on this bird and Semipalmated has a straight bill

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