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Hi,

Can anyone help me discern which species this is?  I’m thinking it’s either a Solitary Sandpiper; or one of the Yellowlegs.  Photo was from this past May, in southern NJ.

 

Thanks,

Steve

 

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12 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Lesser Yellowlegs.  Too many spots (dark and light) on the back for a Solitary.

 

5 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

Agreed.

 

I still have trouble discerning one from the other in my bird guide, so I'll gladly defer.  Thanks, both!

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Solitary Sandpipers also usually have a more obvious white eye ring, proportionately shorter neck and legs, and the leg color averages duller and more greenish than a Yellowlegs. Lesser Yellowlegs has a very thin bill, while Greater Yellowlegs has a very long bill - Solitary Sandpiper has a slightly heftier bill than Lesser Yellowlegs, and a shorter bill than Greater Yellowlegs.

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1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

Solitary Sandpipers also usually have a more obvious white eye ring, proportionately shorter neck and legs, and the leg color averages duller and more greenish than a Yellowlegs. Lesser Yellowlegs has a very thin bill, while Greater Yellowlegs has a very long bill - Solitary Sandpiper has a slightly heftier bill than Lesser Yellowlegs, and a shorter bill than Greater Yellowlegs.

 

Loving the informative reply, thanks!  👍

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