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Shorebird from Delray beach, Florida

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4 hours ago, eatthegoodoftheland said:

thanks! immature? male? female? all these shorebirds look identical to me...

By the warn, rather than crisp, fresh plumage this is an adult. Not possible to tell sex.

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14 hours ago, eatthegoodoftheland said:

all these shorebirds look identical to me...

It's no guarantee but a shorebird with a relatively short bill is often a plover or turnstone.  Some sandpipers also have short bills but those are mostly longer than the other two.

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3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

It's no guarantee but a shorebird with a relatively short bill is often a plover or turnstone.  Some sandpipers also have short bills but those are mostly longer than the other two.

thanks for that tip.

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On 10/21/2019 at 1:43 PM, eatthegoodoftheland said:

thanks! immature? male? female? all these shorebirds look identical to me...

It's mostly the bill here that makes this look like a plover, since it's wide and only starts tapering to a point near to the end, whereas in sandpipers it tapers from the base all the way to the tip. I also think plovers can look a little taller than sandpipers. The leg color tends to be a good field mark as well in many peeps.

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