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Hello,

I posted some photos a few days ago from this same group of birds.

This is a different photo than the ones posted earlier.  4/3 near St. Augustine Beach Florida.

I think I see rufous crown and ear coverts.  I do have very little experience picking these apart from SESA so am not quite sure.

Thanks.

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9 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I struggle with these. What are the field marks for these two?

The western is very similar to the semi-palm sand, though it has a more droopy bill, that is often longer. Shape is also a little different.

For the plover, the single, thick breast band and facial pattern distinguish it from similar species.

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2 minutes ago, Avery said:

The western is very similar to the semi-palm sand, though it has a more droopy bill, that is often longer. Shape is also a little different.

For the plover, the single, thick breast band and facial pattern distinguish it from similar species.

Oh sorry, I thought the poster was asking about the sandys, not the plover. I know it for plover, I thought @AlexHenryhad said that it’s a semipalm sand and western sand. Sorry!

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