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3 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Then why does it look massive compared to the least on the right in the second photo? 

I could be wrong, but this bird just doesn't feel like a Pec to me. They're very obvious when you see them among other peeps. I think the size difference in the second photo is because they're in different postures and the photo is distorted slightly. 

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19 hours ago, DLecy said:

Least Sandpiper. When you see a Pec next to a Least, you'll know it's a Pec.

When they are alone, however… I once had a 20 minutes ID discussion with a friend while watching a lone Pec that was 15 feet in front of us feeding at the edges of marshy grasses, and we were standing in the water. It’s weird how a really good look at a bird can make ID even harder ? 

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1 hour ago, Avery said:

When they are alone, however… I once had a 20 minutes ID discussion with a friend while watching a lone Pec that was 15 feet in front of us feeding at the edges of marshy grasses, and we were standing in the water. It’s weird how a really good look at a bird can make ID even harder ? 

Pectoral Sandpipers stand out, structurally IMO. But yes, I agree with you. It's often important to look at a bird on a granular level as well as taking a step back and looking at it from a 100 ft view. Birds are often easiest to ID when in direct comparison with other birds. I have had the exact same experience with various sandpipers before when viewed singularly. One can get insanely mixed up when viewing a lone bird.

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