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albur18

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albur18    107

I wanted some opinions on these sandpipers from SW PA today.  Unfortunately they were very distant and the pictures are not very good.  Thanks!

Bird #1

36508310462_e2c36b6083_b.jpgDSCN6403 by albur_18, on Flickr

Bird #2 (3 photos, the larger bird on the left with a peep for size comparison)

36539296701_bd67742220_k.jpgDSCN6407 by albur_18, on Flickr

36282046620_70639d8be4_h.jpgDSCN6406 by albur_18, on Flickr

36282005440_0406f5f298_b.jpgDSCN6410 by albur_18, on Flickr

Birds 3 and 4

36508319062_d315ea5508_h.jpgDSCN6434 by albur_18, on Flickr

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albur18    107

What about Pectoral for the larger bird in the second group of shots?  And also, what can you use at this distance to say Semipalmated vs Least for the other pics?

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albur18    107

Bump, can anyone else venture an opinion on the large bird in the second group of pics?  and also help me out with how you might say these are SESA vs LESA.  Thanks!

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albur18    107

A Baird's is a rare occurrence in that area, so I need as much supporting evidence as possible.  I found a couple other pictures, that, although also poor, could support the ID.  One shows the breast a little better.  Any additional thoughts with these pics?  And what ID points would you use to separate from Pectoral?  I know the legs appear dark which is one thing, but at this crazy distance and with the possibility of mud on the legs I didn't want to read too much into that.  Thanks!

36736844095_7827b3358b_h.jpgDSCN6421 by albur_18, on Flickr

36566947872_f590659238_b.jpgDSCN6419 by albur_18, on Flickr

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Gis    106

it does look like a bairds...long wings and that pattern on the back really do rule out others...a pec would be plumper, show lighter coloured legs and have a more defined breast streaking

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albur18    107
28 minutes ago, Gis said:

it does look like a bairds...long wings and that pattern on the back really do rule out others...a pec would be plumper, show lighter coloured legs and have a more defined breast streaking

Thanks everyone!  Baird's did cross my mind at the time but I thought the bird was bulkier.  After re-examining the shots, I see now that the structure certainly supports Baird's vs Pectoral.  I will report as such!

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