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Hi there,

Wished to confirm if these birds in the photo are semipalmated sandpipers?  They were smaller in size than a nearby Solitary Sandpiper that they were foraging along with.  I note whitish eyebrow (juveniles?), scaly-ish back pattern, the legs as far as I could tell were dark.  The milieu was a dried-up pond area, interior (not coastal), Providence County, RI, a few days ago...

Thanks, Joe

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Leasts are brown, Semis are gray. Any peep with rich brown fringing on the wing coverts is neither a Semi nor a Western. In fact, if such a bird is in the ABA Area, it's virtually certainly a Least. Just to clarify, the New World peeps are Least, Baird's, White-rumped, Semi, and Western. No others. Not Sanderling, not Dunlin, not Pectoral, etc.

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