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ID Please & Thankyou ...

Postby MLady on Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:01 pm

I was at LaSalle today and saw this little guy/gal. I runs like a Sanderling on land and boy does it run! But the white ring around it's eye is very confusing to me. Could it be a Solitary Sandpiper, as it was alone? If someone could help with the ID, it would be greatly appreciated. Sorry about the quality of the photos, but this little one was hard to focus on.
Many Thanks in advance.
Kathy
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Re: ID Please & Thankyou ...

Postby bobermay on Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:46 pm

Looks to me like it might be a Juvenile Solitary Sandpiper
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Re: ID Please & Thankyou ...

Postby Peter C. on Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:23 am

Juvenile Spotted Sandpiper, not Solitary, methinks.

Both have a white eye-ring, but the Spotted Sand. has the dark line through the eye as well , and the white line above the eye, both of which a Solitary lacks (although the feature does not show up very well in these images).

For me, though, the best distinguishing feature, and the one that stands out right away, is the appearance of the upper side of the wings. You can see, in this bird, fine dark barring on the wing-coverts - classic young Spotted plumage. Solitary (both juvs. and mature birds) are elegantly dotted on the wings and the back. In fact, after a while, just the word "elegant" is enough to describe the difference - the Solitary also has a slightly longer, slimmer neck, which adds to this impression.

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Re: ID Please & Thankyou ...

Postby vanderheydens on Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:28 pm

I agree, it's a spotted sandpiper.
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Re: ID Please & Thankyou ...

Postby MLady on Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:55 pm

Thanks for your responses. In all the years of me going to LaSalle, I have never seen any type of shore bird. Now I can't say that anymore. *LOL*
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