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#1 jlk1987

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:02 AM

possibly a dowitcher?
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yellowlegs?
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blue wing teal?
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spotted sandpiper?
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semi plover?
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not sure on these two...i think they are different though
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sandpiper or yellowlegs?
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sandpiper or yellowlegs different bird
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which pharalopes?
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bad picture but this guy was sitting on a rock near the water then took off and i snapped these on the wrong setting
I think its a peregrine or merlin
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I think this is a least sandpiper, american golden plover, yellowlegs, and killdeer
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am golden plover and least
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:12 AM

1. Leaning Short-billed based on Sibley's description of the back pattern and tertial differences.
2. Lesser Yellowlegs (short bill)
3. Blue-winged Teal on left, Mallard drake in eclipse plumage on right.
4. Spotted Sandpiper indeed
5. Semipalmated Plover confirmed
6. Lesser Yellowlegs
7. Lesser Yellowlegs
8. Lesser Yellowlegs
9. Red-necked (thin bill, streaked back)
10. Cooper's Hawk, I think. Merlins are proportionately smaller among other things.
11. Least Sandpiper, Golden-Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Killdeer. The Golden-Plover may be a Pacific. Sibley's says Pacific has a spotted vent and white on the flanks.
12. Same birds as 11?

ETA:. For some reason, I misread your thread and thought you were in OR. My bad. The Golden-plovers should be American in molt, then.

Edited by Liam, 14 September 2012 - 01:21 AM.

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#3 BarnSwallow

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:13 AM

I thought the hawk looked cooperish, too.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:13 AM

would a pacific be rare? agree with Liam on the rest .

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:20 AM

would a pacific be rare? agree with Liam on the rest .

In Michigan? Exceedingly. That has to be an American.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:23 AM

but americans shouldnt show white underparts

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:24 AM

but americans shouldnt show black underparts


In alternate plumage, they have black vents. This would be an individual in molt, hence the spotted vent.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:25 AM

really, cant find that in sibleys, not that im doubting you

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#9 jlk1987

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:26 AM

11 and 12 arent the same birds....there were 5 or 6 golden plovers around but this one was darker so just checking. thanks on the rest :)

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:02 AM

I agree, the hawk's a Coop. None of our falcons would show that obvious banding on the primaries, and the longest primary would be the second one back from the tip (p9), with the rest falling quite close to it, forming a much more pointed look.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:24 PM

ok thanks, now that i have my guide with me i can see that. Thats what i get for guessing from memory.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:16 PM

really, cant find that in sibleys, not that im doubting you


In Sibley's he has the adult breeding male with a black belly, flank, and vent. Female adult breeding has spotted vent and flanks, but black belly.

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