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Is this a Semipalmated Sandpiper?

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These photos was taken 11Aug2009 at Gilbert Water Ranch, Gilbert, Az. On that day there were may 'black-legged' small juvenile sandpipers which I am striving to determine between Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers. I am prone to use the 'dingy breast' seen on this bird to diagnose as Semipalmated. Is that a reliable distinguishing characteristic. The second characteristic is 'upper scapulars edged bright rufous' for Western. This bird's upper scapulars do not seem 'bright'. I have tried to use the bill characteristics but do not have enough experience to recognize 'long bill, slightly drooped' for Western and 'shorter, straighter bill' for Semipalmated. 

Semipalmated Sandpiper juv 20090811 277.jpg

Semipalmated Sandpiper juv 20090811 279.jpg

Semipalmated Sandpiper juv 20090811 282.jpg

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