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A few and a ID please...


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The bird in question is a pectoral sandpiper. Personally, besides a side by side comparison with a least sandpiper, (and then it's pretty easy to tell them apart by their physical size difference), the bill size and coloration is a quick and fairly reliable identification feature. The least sandpiper's bill is finer and usually all black. The pectoral's bill, as shown in your photos, is bigger, thicker at the base, and usually shows some coloration ranging yellow to orange.

I'm jealous that you had the opportunity to photograph a wilson's snipe in such a clean setting!...gorgeous bird.

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