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I photographed this bird in a river in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The map shows that they do occur as non-breeding adults here, in November. Just want confirmation...or other suggestions.

Many thanks for your help.

Dunlin (1).jpeg

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Dunlin have black legs. I can see Spotted in that thing, particularly with the white intrusion separating the grayish chest from the dark wings. My first thought, though, was Wandering Tattler, but that white intrusion should rule that species out.

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More likely habitat for Spotted Snadpiper, breast looks too pale for Dunlin, plus yellow legs. I agree with Spotted Sandpiper.

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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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The bill appears to be the same length as the head, or a bit longer.  Appropriate for Spotted Sandpiper or Dunlin.  I'm not disputing the SPSA ID, just pointing out the ratio fits for either bird.

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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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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?

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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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