Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pick a Piper

Ahhh.....the little brown they are lovingly referred to. For a new birder like myself it can become a head scratching event. Though, as I enter my second year of paying attention to my feathered friends, I am starting to notice differences and yet some still leave me in awe.

The more knowledgeable folks can recognize the plummage within the season, the sex and the age of the peeps. Take a good look at those first few photos by noticing the bill, the toes, the markings,

the eyebrow line, the size difference with the others.....

and then the real McCoy stands out - all of these photos were of a Semipalmated Sandpiper. Here the Semipalmated is following two Sanderlings.

Lesser yellowlegs

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