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Suddenly, I know nothing about bird ID.

This bird has been bugging me for a while: 

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I recorded this as a lesser yellowlegs, as it has bright long yellow legs back in May. It’s not spotty on the back that I’d expect from a solitary, but honestly I’ve confused myself. Always looked off to me. 

Then to make matters worse, this definite solitary sandpiper was hanging around him:

60076EB3-076E-4FEB-ACC4-EA4EC1CEF5F1.thumb.jpeg.5cbb538df844e427474500b970bb154c.jpegThis one I can see the spots on the back and it’s obvious green legs.

I have been able to ID both before, but somehow this one is confusing me.... I feel like I was correct, but I need someone to help me get rid of the doubt. Or put me in my place 😅

Do I have a lesser and a solitary here? Or two solitaries? In Calgary AB...

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11 hours ago, Aaron said:

Suddenly, I know nothing about bird ID.

This bird has been bugging me for a while: 

2D5526BC-89D6-40B1-B609-BE4A506B78EB.thumb.jpeg.28b06b83a57af37796c0d09f32bf1021.jpegCB6C9C2A-1B66-46D2-8B5C-CE4955B87235.thumb.jpeg.cd10bb8743fc66802f23d02e63bb2673.jpeg
I recorded this as a lesser yellowlegs, as it has bright long yellow legs back in May. It’s not spotty on the back that I’d expect from a solitary, but honestly I’ve confused myself. Always looked off to me. 

Then to make matters worse, this definite solitary sandpiper was hanging around him:

60076EB3-076E-4FEB-ACC4-EA4EC1CEF5F1.thumb.jpeg.5cbb538df844e427474500b970bb154c.jpegThis one I can see the spots on the back and it’s obvious green legs.

I have been able to ID both before, but somehow this one is confusing me.... I feel like I was correct, but I need someone to help me get rid of the doubt. Or put me in my place 😅

Do I have a lesser and a solitary here? Or two solitaries? In Calgary AB...

All are Solitary Sandpipers. Lesser Yellowlegs have all black beaks. Solitary have low streaking underneath the head. And I am pretty sure yellowlegs have more vibrant yellow legs. Also, they are typically taller then the bird you have taken a picture of. Therefore, all of them are Solitary Sandpipers.

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11 hours ago, Candydez12 said:

All are Solitary Sandpipers. Lesser Yellowlegs have all black beaks. Solitary have low streaking underneath the head. And I am pretty sure yellowlegs have more vibrant yellow legs. Also, they are typically taller then the bird you have taken a picture of. Therefore, all of them are Solitary Sandpipers.

Yup

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