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May 16th, 2023. (Actually have a ton more photos, wish I had a second set of eyes on every one, but these will do.)

I hope to one day get better at identifying these in the field. What I do if the lighting isn't great, etc, is just take pictures and sort it out later. It's getting easier to do that with books now but I like confirmations. 🙂

Semipalmated sandpiper? Dark legs, thicker not so curved bill, wings don't project beyond the tail...
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2. sesa?
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3. Sesa or wrsa? Bad angle. Actual white rump there or, just bad angle?
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4. All three sesa? Just different plumages?
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5. Mostly sesa? I feel like the bird on the far right LOOKS bigger, straight-ish bill, almost looks like baird's but, the wing projection doesn't seem to go beyond the tail...
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6. Also mostly sesa, with lesa mixed in?
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western or white-rumped?
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8. I thought these two were WESA until another picture of the same birds showed the leg color better. lesa? And I'm seeing that western wouldn't have that much reddish brown towards the end of the wings, and they'd have a lighter face. (I'll get the hang of these, some day)
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9. Not sure what I want to make this one. What's the defining marks to ID this bird?
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10. Wilson's phalaropes: If you could scan these images to help me count them or pick out anything else of interest, that would be good. 🙂Maybe just add up the most number of males and females...
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11. Potential white-rumped sandpiper on the left? Thin bill, looks like some color at the base of it?
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12. White rumped?
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13. Poor focus 😞
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14. This is definitely bigger than the least behind it...
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15. Same birds:

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Just at a quick glance

1. SESA

2. SESA or WESA (seems dull for WESA, plus bill has a lobe at the tip. Feels like a WESA to me though) 

3. Not comfortable calling it anything, leaning SESA

4. SESA

5. SESA

6. SESA with one LESA

7. WRSA

8. SESA and two LESA

9. Not sure, thinking a really bright SESA

10. Four WIPH

11. Yes WRSA

12. Yes WRSA

13. Unidentifiable, probably SESA

14. WRSA

15. WRSA

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4 hours ago, IKLland said:

I’d suggest not making a single post with this many photos in it. Separate it into 3-4 posts. 

 

42 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

If you split it up into multiple posts, we can help ID each photo.

Why does one long/many photoed(totally a word) post hinder an ID? Separate posts would be even longer and more confusing. If you quote them separately which I believe you’re both saying(though on different levels), the whole thread would be painful to navigate. Besides, each one is numbered. Just speaking my thoughts.

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4 minutes ago, Snake Fingers said:

 

Why does one long/many photoed(totally a word) post hinder an ID? Separate posts would be even longer and more confusing. If you quote them separately which I believe you’re both saying(though on different levels), the whole thread would be painful to navigate. Besides, each one is numbered. Just speaking my thoughts.

Ooos, sorry. I mean different threads, not different posts in a thread. 

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Seems like I was on the right track for most of them.
As far as splitting things up goes, I have mixed feelings. I'm not breaking any rules. There's advice to not do more than 5 species in a post but, this is only 3 or 4 species, all from the same trip. I feel like making multiple posts would be more work.. Then, I already had this post and it's not like you can edit or delete your own post after the fact. So... eh...
And you really want me coming at you with like 5 posts all at once for the same trip and same species(plural)?

Anyway, if I NEED to make a new post for any of these, could someone take a look and just tell me which photos are most important? I have a good enough estimate on how many sesa and lesa sandpipers I saw... one or two pectorals(didn't add them here, didn't need to), and while there's multiple pictures of a white-rumped, I'm just putting 1 in my report as I don't know if I had more than one...

So, all I want to know is if there's anything I missed(species wise) and any other thoughts or confirmations on potential western sandpipers... which photos are needed, if I were to make a new post looking for questionable birds or westerns?

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