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Florida/Texas road trip bird ID help #17

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Hi all,

a few more... I easily recognized Dunlins when the alternatives were Sanderling, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Purple Sandpiper but the Dunlin vs Western Sandpiper confuses me!!

1) Orange legs, black bill with orange base, small bill, partial collar... Piping Plover and not Semipalmated?
Location:  Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX

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2) Similar one, but darker, with black collar, dark head... bill part black part orange... Semipalmated?
Location:  Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX

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3) Are these Dunlins? Aren't the bills too long? And black legs say no to dowitchers?
Location:  Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX

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4) If 3 are Dunlins, how about this? A bit more straked Sanderling? Western Sandpipers?
Location:  Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX

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Thanks,
Peter

 

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Anyone for #3? These just don't look like Sanderlings to me, but the Western Sandpiper seem browner on photos + more obviously streaked...

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