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More help with shorebirds

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I saw these birds a few days ago at a Wildlife refuge in Ocean County, NJ. I thought the first bird was a yellowlegs, but it was small, and the beak seems small..  Could it be a solitary sandpiper? I know the other pic is dowitchers, but how do you differentiate short billed from long billed? And I think those are semipalmated sandpipers in flight? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

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Yes, Solitary Sandpiper in the first two photos with that white-speckled brown back. 

The last photo is indeed of Short-billed Dowitchers and Semipalmated Sandpipers.

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Are the first two photos of the same bird? The weeds in the back don't match up. Either way, they're both Lesser Yellowlegs- structure, lack of a white eye ring, and lack of speckling on the back (at least I'm not seeing any) are distinctive.

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