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Sep 07, 2014 17:56 |  #1

I was on Cape Cod MA last week, and had a flock of these quick little shore birds make multiple passes up and down the beach while I enjoyed some morning coffee and sounds of the shore. Been trying to ID them, but pretty confused. At first I thought black bellied plovers in non-mating plumage, but the bill seems to short. I'm now thinking Dunlin or Least Sandpiper. I would appreciate confirmation or correction. CC is also welcome.

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Sep 07, 2014 18:44 |  #2

Nice shots. My money is on the "Sanderling".


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Sep 07, 2014 18:52 |  #3

I'd say sanderling also.


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Sep 07, 2014 19:06 |  #4

Yep, not quite total winter plumage yet.




  
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Sep 07, 2014 19:56 |  #5

Yes, Sanderlings. Easy way for quick ID on these birds - no hind toes.


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Sep 07, 2014 20:17 |  #6

Nighthound wrote in post #17141162 (external link)
Yes, Sanderlings. Easy way for quick ID on these birds - no hind toes.

Good one...... I like those kind of little things. They seem to stick with me.


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Sep 07, 2014 20:53 as a reply to  @ itw's post |  #7

Thank you for the comments and ID.


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Sep 07, 2014 22:53 |  #8

Nice shots . Are these those little fellars that run 100mph all along the beach and run other birds off and they are small birds at that ?




  
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Sep 07, 2014 23:01 |  #9

Celestron wrote in post #17141419 (external link)
Nice shots . Are these those little fellars that run 100mph all along the beach and run other birds off and they are small birds at that ?

Thank you. They are smallish, probably the size of a Robin, or touch smaller. They pretty quick, and yes were running up and down the beach. There were only a couple of gulls on the beach and they seemed oblivious to these little guys.


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Sep 08, 2014 08:50 |  #10

I've never known Sanderlings to chase off other birds. I've seen scuffles with other Sanderlings in the spring. For the most part they spend their time running in and out of the surf to avoid the waves searching for food exposed by the moving water.


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Sep 08, 2014 11:48 |  #11

Nighthound wrote in post #17141960 (external link)
I've never known Sanderlings to chase off other birds. I've seen scuffles with other Sanderlings in the spring. For the most part they spend their time running in and out of the surf to avoid the waves searching for food exposed by the moving water.

Ditto that.


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