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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Description:

I know the front bird is a Piping Plover ...it's the sandpipers in the back I'm trying to ID...smaller than Sanderlings

Habitat:

Gulf of Mexico: sandy shore

Notes:

I'm thinking Semi-palmated, but Western are more common here. If you ID please tell me the characteristics that to see to make the determination.


No species ID suggestions

4 Comments

ceherzog
ceherzog a year ago

Yes, same bird...Still no total consensus on this....thanks for your thoughts!

Liam
Liam a year ago

Is it the same bird as in the two photos you just added? It's strange, in the first photo it resembles a Semipalmated very much due to the angle; the bill looks larger than it is. In the second two photos it resembles a Piping. Either way the plumage is odd for this time of year. Based on the second two photos, I think Piping is more plausible.

ceherzog
ceherzog a year ago

Liam,
There seems to be a difference of opinion re: the plover. Some of our local experts think Piping, some think Semi-palmated. I've attached a couple more pics. I'm interested in your thoughts.

Liam
Liam a year ago

You have two Semipalmated Sandpipers in the background, based on the hind toe, medium-small bill, and the dark legs; and a Semipalmated Plover in the front, a late molter, still in nonbreeding plumage.

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.12, Long: -82.44

Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on May 22, 2012

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