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Shorebird in S. Vermont

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I got this distant pic (quite cropped) on a rainy day.  I just can't quite get a handle on this bird.  I'm leaning towards Solitary Sandpiper.  There were other shorebirds around it including Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, a very distinct Solitary Sandpiper, a pectoral sandpiper and leasts.  The yellowish legs and clear breast are making think Solitary, though it does not have a distinct eye-ring.

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This is a Solitary Sandpiper. It differs from nonbreeding Spotteds by its longer greenish legs (not yellow) and a white speckled (not plain) brown back. The eyering is not always distinct, especially when the bird is at a distance.

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This species rocks back and forth centered on its legs as a pivot point rather than just the rump bobbing up and down like a Spotted.

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