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5/9/2023
I went searching for a limpkin that was spotted yesterday morning. I missed the last sighting of it by 10 minutes... People are speculating it's still there so I may chase again today... we'll see. Don't need it on my life or state list but, would be a great county bird to add. 🙂 

Saw a couple shorebirds there... It's hard to judge the bill but everything else is saying lesser yellowlegs to me.

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and how often do you see a bird in the field and you're sure it's something pretty interesting and different... and then you get home and look at pictures and, oh, it's just a ______?
On the way to try and find the limkin, I stopped at a farm pond that often has interesting birds on it. I saw this bird a ways off... shorebird... BIG bill... looked like a BIG bird... Must have been cleaning itself and puffing itself up in the process because, it looked MUCH bigger than a yellowlegs, overall size as well as just the bulkiness of it. Thought for sure I had something interesting... but, pictures tell me all I had was a greater yellowlegs. A fun bird to see but, different than what I was seeing in the binoculars. HA
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This was tiny compared to the yellowlegs so, peep sp?
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Compared to the GRYE, these were almost not even noticed. Just much smaller, it seemed. But, they look like LEYE to me.
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Also, loosely regarding photo #4, the difference in appearance between a Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs and a Solitary Sandpiper is surprisingly small to my eyes, whereas when you compare the overall size between Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpipers, the ID becomes rather obvious.  Not necessarily saying #3 are Solitary Sandpipers, but your comment about their diminutive size had me wondering a bit...I wouldn't call it from those pics however either way. 

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