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#1 ray_hennessy

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:50 AM

I took these a few days ago at Merritt Island NWR in Florida. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. My best guess is a winter plumage Black-Bellied Plover
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2. Dunlin?
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:03 AM

I would agree.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:05 AM

so would i
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:15 AM

Thanks so much.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:04 AM

I'm going out on a limb and suggesting Stilt Sandpiper for number 2. Bill is pretty long and the face is superciliumated (compare to the Dunlin in my avatar), plus primary projection appears long.

Stilt Sandpipers winter at MINWR.

I may very well be wrong. Dunlin vs. Stilt Sandpiper can be tough. The best way to differentiate the two is leg color (greenish? on Stilt, blackish on Dunlin).

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:06 AM

I thought the bill looked awfully pointed and long for a dunlin, but didn't want to look silly.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:04 AM

Any other shots of the second bird? Dunlin can show a little bit of a supercilium but this one does look a tad strong, suggesting Stilt. If forced to guess, I'd go with Stilt. Here's a shot of one in a pretty similar posture:
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