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#1 Dilee3

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:27 AM

I have two sandpiper type birds for you. They were both in Hartland VT yesterday.

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#2 Grandpa577

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:37 AM

Spotted Sandpipers

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:41 AM

Thanks, the closest one I thought might be a spotted, but had trouble with the one farther away.
Thanks again, another lifer!

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:53 PM

Thanks, the closest one I thought might be a spotted, but had trouble with the one farther away.
Thanks again, another lifer!

Spotted Sandpipers only have spots in breeding plumage. The plain brown upperparts and head, the white underparts that show over the upper edge of the wing, leg size, bill size and overall shape distinguishes the first bird as a Spotted Sandpiper.

Spotted Sandpipers also have a dark eye-line and white supercilium but I don't think you can distinguish that in the first photo.

The fact that the location and pose (feeding along the edge of water) is typical behavior is also helpful.




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