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  1. Got these extremely cropped pics today on Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy.   Just by the chest, I am pretty sure it is a Pectoral Sandpiper.  I ran the pic through Merlin and it came up with Stilt sandpiper.  I would be extremely pleased if it was so.  There has been one seen here lately, but it is a rarity and I don't think it has been seen for a week or more.  I did see what I know is a Pectoral in a different part of the same marsh today.  So I just want to rule out the possibility that I am wrong and it actually is a Stilt.  Poor pics, but like I said, extremely cropped.  Greater Yellowlegs give a clue to size.




  2. This bird was at quite a distance from me and I watched it for quite a while.  I am not great with shorebirds and thought it was a Semi=palmated sandpiper.  I ran these photos through Merlin ID and they all came up with Baird's.  I do see long wings and a longer black bill which does seem to support Baird's.   Not sure if it is buffy colored enough though.  The other suggestion by Merlin that might fit is White-rumped sandpiper.  Both of these are slightly out of range, but I do know they are seen in New England.  Any help would be appreciated.  The pics are all the same bird with the exception of the Wilson's Snipe with it in one photo.

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  3. A tough ID on this bird, but the under tail pattern was so striking I thought it was worth a shot.  Best I could come up with looking at my warbler guide was Palm.  Seems I do see a bit of color on the outside of the tail that might rule out palm though.  Don't think it is a redstart.  That messy breast doesn't help me at all.  May not be ID-able but thought Id give it a shot.



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