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I don't think it is a White-rumped. They would have brown/orange coloring on the base of the lower mandible...present in all plumages, although it can be faint. And as mentioned, the wings should be longer. At the same time, I don't have any experience with Semipalmated. So...wait for more input.

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5 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

For those saying Least, the bird appears to be larger than the Least in the bottom right of the first photo.  Do we attribute the difference to camera angle?

I only see one photo of the bird in question.  Photo 2 is just a blow up of the bird in the first photo

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1 hour ago, hbvol50 said:

I only see one photo of the bird in question.  Photo 2 is just a blow up of the bird in the first photo

I think Charlie is referring to the nearly invisible "Least" to the lower right of the bird in question. It is in a sitting position. Is the apparent size of that bird useful in identifying the "larger" peep?

Least Sandpiper from whatbird.JPG

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