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Today I saw this Sandpiper in Port Charlotte, Florida when looking for a white-rumped sandpiper. 

I am assuming it is a western sandpiper; however, I am just posting this here to be certain. Thanks

(I am referring to the bird in focus in the picture, not the least sandpiper)

 

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Western Sandpiper is correct. Note the drooping bill, rufous head/back, and black legs.

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Why isn't it a White-rumped? It's wings are very long and it seems to have at least a couple of vague streaks on the flank. Additionally, the upperparts aren't a match for a high-plumage Western. Western's upper scapulars are more extensively reddish and those scaps usually contrast fairly strongly with darker and/or duller wing coverts.

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White-rumped Sandpiper - compared size and shape to Least - Western would be smaller and more compact/chunky

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Thanks for the correction. I never saw a White-rumped that colorful. But the structure is spot on for White-rumped.

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Why isn't it a White-rumped? It's wings are very long and it seems to have at least a couple of vague streaks on the flank. Additionally, the upperparts aren't a match for a high-plumage Western. Western's upper scapulars are more extensively reddish and those scaps usually contrast fairly strongly with darker and/or duller wing coverts.

agreed

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