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Swamp birds.

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All from 8/27 on the south side of Chicago.

1) Solitary Sandpiper?

44397891571_7cf1668b15_z.jpgDSC01976r solitary sandpiper by Mark Ross, on Flickr

2) Northern Shoveler?  I am judging this only on bill size.

44348572942_93c63d4f4d.jpgDSC02099r northern shoveler by Mark Ross, on Flickr

3 )  Mallard to the left.  Wood duck below.  What is on the right?

29460971147_524dcf0d11.jpgDSC01964r ducks by Mark Ross, on Flickr

4)  This sparrow was running between clumps of vegetation in the swamp. 

44348563292_01084222a1_z.jpgDSC02054r sparrow by Mark Ross, on Flickr

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1. Probably Solitary Sandpiper, but that tail barring really speaks to Spotted. Both have spots on back. Facial pattern makes it a prob Solitary.

2. Northern Shoveler. Nothing else with that profile.

3. Looks like Mallards in back. Wood Duck in front.

4. Odd sparrow. That is a crazy long tail. Has to be a trick of the eye, or weird angle or something. Any additional pic would help.

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I agree with Blue-winged Teal on 2. Proportions are too stocky for Shoveler and the feathers by the base of the bill are pale. I think the bill is not as long as it appears in the picture and distortion is blending the bill with ripples on the water's surface.

The Sparrow is a juvenile, hence the odd plumage. Molted feathers around the rump of vent could contribute to the long-tailed appearance.

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Yup, Blue-winged Teal.  Note the white tail on the right Mallard in the third pic.  Mallard and Northern Shoveler have the only wholly or nearly wholly white tails among dabblers; Blue-winged's (just barely notable in that pic) is fairly extensively white, particularly at certain times of year and more so in males than females.

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On 9/12/2018 at 1:59 PM, Frugalbirders said:

1. Probably Solitary Sandpiper, but that tail barring really speaks to Spotted. Both have spots on back. Facial pattern makes it a prob Solitary.

2. Northern Shoveler. Nothing else with that profile.

3. Looks like Mallards in back. Wood Duck in front.

4. Odd sparrow. That is a crazy long tail. Has to be a trick of the eye, or weird angle or something. Any additional pic would help.

Agreed

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