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I need help in IDing the birds in the attached pics. They were photographed at approximately 12 pm on Sept. 14, 2018, at Huguenot Memorial City Park in Duval County, near Jacksonville, FL. Shorebirds are a new challenge for me, so any help and instruction will be most appreciated.

Pic 1: 4 peeps next to Black-Bellied Plover

Pic 2: 2 peeps in water with Skimmers, Caspian Terns, and Sanderlings in foreground.

Pic 3: peep next to Sanderlings for convenient size comparison.

 

 

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The only peeps in any of the photos are Western Sandpipers in the last two pix.  The other shorebirds in those pix are Sanderlings (very distinctly very white now) and a Black-bellied Plover.  [You might also note the Common Green Darner in the second pic.]  The first pic sports a Black-bellied Plover and what are probably Red Knots.  The term "peep" is restricted to the smallest shorebird species in the genus Calidris:  Least, Baird's, White-rumped, Semipalmated, Western, and the various stints.  One might also allow Spoon-billed Sandpiper into that group.

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On 9/19/2018 at 10:14 PM, Tony Leukering said:

The only peeps in any of the photos are Western Sandpipers in the last two pix.  The other shorebirds in those pix are Sanderlings (very distinctly very white now) and a Black-bellied Plover.  [You might also note the Common Green Darner in the second pic.]  The first pic sports a Black-bellied Plover and what are probably Red Knots.  The term "peep" is restricted to the smallest shorebird species in the genus Calidris:  Least, Baird's, White-rumped, Semipalmated, Western, and the various stints.  One might also allow Spoon-billed Sandpiper into that group.

Thanks, Tony. Now I wish I had taken better pics...I don't have a Red Knot yet! A subsequent visit to that spot yielded better shots of the peeps, which I identified as Western Sandpiper. I am learning a lot about North American coastal species! 

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