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Small Sandpipers, Nome AK

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Small sandpipers observed in the area around Nome Alaska today and yesterday.  I’m thinking maybe Baird’s or semipalmated sandpipers with the black legs and bills?  The first three images (with bits of ice floating in creek water) are of one of a pair that I observed in an area where I also saw western sandpipers, but these didn’t seem to have quite as prominent warm rufous spots within the gray-brown in their plumage.  Thanks in advance for your help!

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1, 2. Look good for western. Long, droopy bill. Sometimes the rufous isn't as obvious.

I'd call the rest except 5 Semipalmateds, and 5 is another Western, I think the pics just ended up out of order. Some of those birds look very short-billed, but I guess it could just be angle.

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2 hours ago, egosnell2002 said:

1, 2. Look good for western. Long, droopy bill. Sometimes the rufous isn't as obvious.

I'd call the rest except 5 Semipalmateds, and 5 is another Western, I think the pics just ended up out of order. Some of those birds look very short-billed, but I guess it could just be angle.

Great, thanks very much.  Yes, image number 5 was the same bird as 1 and 2, and it did show just a touch of reddish-brown color so that makes sense.  In looking on ebird at the location the other photos were taken, semipalmated sandpipers have been reported the past few days so that supports the ID too.

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