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OK, I think I have gone through all my pics during my recent trip to the Edwin Forsythe Wildlife Refuge in Ocean County, NJ… This is the last group of peeps that is confusing me.. I'm looking at these peeps and I know I see semi-palmated sandpipers, but the bird in the back looks darker.. the more I stare at these pics, the more they all look different.. I need help. Are these all just semipalmated sandpipers?


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Yeah, the front bird in the first photo is tricky. I'm inclined to go semi- keep in mind that semis in the western US are shorter billed on average than those in the east, and this bird is definitely on the very long end. That said, it's got that dainty structure that I associate with Semipalmated as opposed to the front heavy look that Western has.  

Also, notice the breast band- a Western with that much streaking on the breast should show rufous as it's not yet fully molted into its non-breeding plumage.

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