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Is this a Dunlin??

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13 hours ago, blackburnian said:

I agree with Spotted is the best fit, but I’m not sure it’s a great fit. That bill is strange. 


6 hours ago, Jefferson Shank said:

That's what is catching me too. 

I think that is the angle of the photo.

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Definitely not a Dunlin.  Tough pic, but  I like Wandering Tattler here. The pic is overexposed so that could add some of the white. Also the size proportiona/posture looks better for Tattler over spotted to me... but that is not always clear to tell from a single pic.

So it is either a Wandering Tattler or a Spotted Sandpiper. @PV-John... do you remember the size of this bird? If you are familiar with Killdeer and Dowitchers, they are Tattler size birds. Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers are roughly the same size as Spotted Sandpipers, so there should have been a noticeable size difference(if you are familiar with those species)

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2 minutes ago, PV-John said:

Hi, Thanks for your interest. It's been a while since I took the photo, but I'm sure that it was bigger than a killdeer. The bill in the photo seems a bit long for a spotted sandpiper?or Not?

If it was definitely bigger than a Killdeer , I would go with Wandering Tattler.

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