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Unknown shorebird next to a Willet on Hilton Head Island, SC 10/21/2022


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Well, that's what I originally thought but what the heck is it then? I've heard from ornithologists on iNat that it's a Dunlin in an alert posture. I'm a mycologist/plant pathologist so what do I know? Well, I know a bit, but I'm not sure about this one. Actually joined here today to get some opinions.

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You know, I've identified 100's if not 1000's of Dunlins over the years as an International Shorebird Survey leader, but this one just didn't say "Dunlin" to me - perhaps I should apologize for posting such a common bird as an unknown, but I just couldn't see it as that. Especially by itself; I usually see them in clusters or large groups. 

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1 minute ago, abiggs2 said:

perhaps I should apologize for posting such a common bird as an unknown

No need to apologize, these types of birds are the best learning experiences! 

I'm still not entirely convinced it's not something weird and not a Dunlin.

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