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  1. I believe this is another Sabine's Gull. The wing pattern and shape seem to fit that better than either of the terns.
  2. The photo makes it hard to be definitive for me, but I think it is Pac-slope due to the coloration, bill and what appears to be a teardrop-shaped eye ring (tough angle).
  3. I believe that they are new feathers coming in after molt.
  4. Here is a good article on the topic: http://www.birdfellow.com/journal/2013/08/16/birding_101_juvenile_least_and_western_sandpipers
  5. Correct! It was distant and I couldn't get bin looks. Behavior and habitat were spot on for American Pipit and this, my only distant photo, didn't provide a view of the bill shape. So embarrassingšŸ˜³...and a good reminder about identification from a single poor photo. I see juvenile cowbirds frequently but the setting threw me off.
  6. Seen in the Willamette Valley, OR last week foraging along a dry lake bank. This was a learning experience for me so I thought it would be fun to post this photo as a quiz. Apologies if this is not ok for this forum.
  7. The first bird is a Solitary for me for the reasons posted by Aidan above. The back is spotted vs. the mottled look of GRYE. The leg color is within range for Solitary and the bill shape suggests Solitary as well. The bird is behind the teal in the photo and therefore appears slightly larger than it would if they were side by side.
  8. Per Paulsonā€™s ā€œShorebirds of the Pacific Northwestā€ (1993), LBDO bill length ranges from 54-81 mm; SBDO bill length ranges from 51-69 mm. This, coupled with the difficulty of determining size in the field, makes bill length a less-than-reliable field mark. Here is a useful article on Dowitcher ID: https://www.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v38n5p34.pdf
  9. Also, Pectorals tend to have an orange/yellow base to their bill and the bird in question appears to have a solid black bill imo.
  10. How are we ruling out Least? Were there any other shorebirds nearby for size comparison?
  11. It isn't one of my typical Northwest ID challenges, but I found this essay to be very interesting and informative. Thank you for posting, I'll have to bookmark it for a future FL trip.
  12. Also, Caspians have black legs instead of red.
  13. I agree with @Dan P that the dark on the wings is likely just an odd shadow on a Forster's.
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