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By Matyas13
#78872
Hi Everyone,

I was at Robert Lake today, and saw 5 sandpipers on the shore. Very small, and distinctly tell that most are Semipalmated but just want to make sure!

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Matyas
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By Birder2000
#78879
Hi Matyas,

All these birds look like Least Sandpipers expect for the second last one, which is a Semipalmated Sandpiper. A great indicator for Least Sandpiper are the yellow legs. They can be tough to see from a distance and sometimes get covered up by mud, but you can tell that the legs are yellow in these photos.

Semipalmated Sandpipers are a larger bird than Least Sandpipers, and you will notice that most of the ones that pass through here lack a lot of the colour that other peeps like Least Sandpipers have. They are typically more drab. They have black legs and a slightly thicker bill than Least Sandpipers, and are also much less dark on the breast, as you can see in your photos.

I hope this helps! :)
By rawalker
#78926
I would have actually called the second last one a least sandpiper as well - it looks like the legs are yellow at the top with mud on the lower part of the legs.

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