Copy of Shorebirds of Dewees Island - more data - still being updated by Judy2
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BirdsizelegsbillbehaviorflightothercolorsWhere on Deweeswhenlink to image
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Wilson's Plover6" to 8"yellowblack, medium equal to length of headupright when alarmedwhite underneath; whiter than semi-palmatedeats fiddlers, front-heavywhite around neck and over eyebeach, at ends in winter; overwash areas for nestinghttp://www.tringa.org/images/1538_Wilsons_Plover_04-21-2007_2.jpg
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Black- Bellied Plover8" - 10"grey-brownblack, heavy, shortrun-stop-pluckblack patches under wingsbiggest plover, relatively short billcorner of impoundment, south endhttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/bbplov_cleberferreira.jpg
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Semi-palmated plover6 3/4" - 7 1/4"yellowvery short black with orange near facerun stop pluck, foot-tremblingsmall chevron on wingbeach, at ends in winter; can be in large mixed flocks
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Piping Plover6 3/4" - 7 1/4"yellowblack with orange, very short, more orange when breedingrun-stop-pluckPaler than semi-palmated plover,can be high and dry away from waterpale face, prominent dark eyemarsh, beachfront
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Dunlin7 1/2 " - 8 3/4black, shortblack, long, slight downward curvewalks steadily, picking and probinghuge flockschunky, thick neck, most abundant winter shorebirdshell mounds, beachfront, marsh... can fly in huge flocks
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Short-billed Dowitcher9 1/2" to 10 "pale yellow, shortgrey, slight downturn, 2x width of headsewing machine foraging stylewhite upper rump, pale on secondaries (wing)slimmer and flatter backed than long-billeddark on cap and through eye, white above eye
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Long-billed Dowitcher9 1/2" to 10 1/2"pale yellowgrey, very long (2.5 -3x greater than width of head)sewing machinewhite upper rump, dark tail fatter than short billed, sometimes look like "swallowed a grapefruit"dark on cap and through eye, white above eye
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Least Sandpiper4 1/2" to 4 3/4"yellowblack, same as head, thinwalks slowly, sweeps side to sidesmallest shorebird, very little white in faceno clean white breast, white and lower dark eye stripeSouth beach, tidal pools north end
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Western sandpiper5 1/2 - 6 3/4blackblack, with some droopwalks steadily, pecks nervously reaches forward to feedfront heavy, thick neck gray plumage in fall most likely winter peep carries weight in frontwhite through eye, smaller, whiter chest than Dunlinusually with mixed flocks resting
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Semi-palmated sandpiper6.25"gray (heavy with knobby jointsshorter bill on smaller head that other peepsstands and bends to feedjuveniles maintain brown plumage in fall, more compact over allprefers more sheltered habitat
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Sanderling7 1/2 - 8black, straightblack, straight, tapered, =head widthchasing waves large head, thick neck, no hind toe, chunky faint black through eye, white cheeksbalck mark on shoulders
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Ruddy Turnstone8 1/2 - 10"orangy-redblack bill, slightly greater than head sizeflips over debrischunkywhite breast, diffuse, pale fringing on wings
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Red Knot10 1/2 "dull olive-yellowblack, strong taper, bill = head sizepale gray rump and taillong-wingedmostly gray, dark streak through eye
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Spotted Sandpiper7 1/4" - 8"longteetering motion, wags tail up and downusually solitary, thin neck
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