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Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper

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Interesting sandpiper I thought I would bring up. I see an exposed gape, which would point away from a Western/Semipalmated (it's not a Western). I see dark centers to the rufous-bordered scapulars and wing coverts, as well as rufous lined tertials and a split supercilium. I want to say a stint, but the bill is off. The capped appearance points towards SESA, but the warmer brown appearance makes me think Stint. On a LIST, white lines would generally run along the upper scapulars, something this bird apparently lacks. The bird's dark-centered scaps and wing coverts seem in between LIST and RNST, so probably an aberrant SESA? That split supercilium really intrigues me, though...

My final thought is a weird, bright SESA. 

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