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28 minutes ago, cccougar said:

Will- I think my birds are too small to be this type. Plus the Sandpiper has the hind toe that the Sanderling does not. 

Actually, Sanderling is quite a bit larger than Semipalmated Sandpiper. That said, absolute size is very difficult to judge in the field. Also, Sanderlings are the ones which lack a hind toe, not Semipalmated Sandpipers.

You are right in that these are Sanderlings- count the toes. You can see that none have hind toes (the frontmost bird in the first photo appears to have one, but on closer inspection it's a pebble).


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