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Taken yesterday along the Long Island Sound on the Connecticut side (New London). These are all pictures of the same group of 4 birds. I'm terrible with sandpipers and have almost no experience with them.  Any tips on telling these apart would be much appreciated!

43250777552_9dc78eff9d_b.jpg1 by Anthony Macchiarola, on Flickr

41491064960_ae6c01a558_b.jpg2 by Anthony Macchiarola, on Flickr

43300647641_ff40f5c141_b.jpg3 by Anthony Macchiarola, on Flickr

41491064260_b8c1b5da8f_b.jpg4 by Anthony Macchiarola, on Flickr

28431354867_87b3d63417_b.jpg5 by Anthony Macchiarola, on Flickr

43250775112_c97e2f2672_b.jpg6 by Anthony Macchiarola, on Flickr

28431354137_aa75f6fae2_b.jpg7 by Anthony Macchiarola, on Flickr

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You have a group of  3 Least Sandpipers, and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper.

The 3 Leasts are the more brown, almost rufous looking birds. In the first photo they are the 3 birds except the one on the bottom right, which is the Semi. In addition to overall color, Leasts also have more downcurved bills. The Leasts are all adults- aged by worn plumage. 

The Semi is the more grayish/white bird.  Semi Sand's bills are straighter, and they lack the reddish brown color of the Leasts. 

Starting on your second post:

1) Least

2) Semi in front a Least in back

3)Semi

4) Both Least

5) Least

6) Semi

7) Semi in front, Least in back

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Thanks for the IDs and the identification tips. I struggle with sandpipers. My thoughts on the lighter one was a sanderling, but I guess they would be as light colored this time of year as they are in the winter. I wasn’t sure on the darker ones, but the slightly curved bill is good to look out for, I can clearly see that in some of the pictures. Thanks again!

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