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I need help/comments about these birds. All pictures taken last week in Galveston TX,

thanks in advance

1. I have been trying to familiarize myself with the differences between Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers and I came across a publication that lists the tail black-and-white pattern as a way to tell them apart (see inlet in the picture). I was wondering if you find that a reliable marker and if based on that we can call the birds in the picture as Long-billed.


2. Same thing here, Long-billed? some seem to have rather short bills, I know about the great overlap but stills makes me wonder


3. Any way to tell these apart when not flying?


4. This one right next to the Dunlin looked to me as Western Sandpiper on the field but the round head is making me doubt. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.


I believe this is the same individual





5. Black-bellied Plover




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1-2...now we have to id flying dowitchers???? well i certainly can't.

3. shape and barring make we lean towards short-billed

4.yes Dunlin and Western

5.yes BBPL

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4 hours ago, Gis said:

.now we have to id flying dowitchers???? well i certainly can't.

IKR?  landed dowitchers are hard enough!

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1. Yep, all except for maybe two look like Long-bills, and those I wouldn't call Short-bills either. I find that Long-bills also look really bottom heavy in flight as well. The tail, at a quick glance should appear dark on Long-bills, and lighter on SBs. 

2. Same goes for this picture. Top right of center bird looks better as SB IMO

3. Yep. All LBs!

4. Have fairly little experience with Western's, but it certainly looks pale enough, breast is clear enough etc. I'm not if head shape is really that reliable of a factor, all it takes is for a bird to fluff itself up and it looks completely different.

5. Yep.

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