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    Shorebirds

    As I did with the ducks, I'm gonna post a bunch of shorebirds, but only give the name and short fact. If you have questions I can answer them in the replies rather than give a full description of several species.

    Greater Yellowlegs. Slightly upturned bill distinguishes it from the Lesser.
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    Wilson's Snipe, yes a snipe is a real bird! Their creepy winnowing sounds are common in spring.
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    Wilson's Phalarope. Another northern species.
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    Willet. Winter plumage, wish I had gotten the bold wing pattern but oh well!
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    Marbled Godwit. Common large prairie species.
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    Pectoral Sandpiper. This is a bird of the Arctic. I was lucky to find several arctic birds on that day.
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    Size comparison between the long-legged Greater Yellowlegs (left), and the short-legged Wilson's Snipe.
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    And of course I'm sure everyone is familiar with the Killdeer. Doing its "broken wing" display here.
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    Ok I think that's all my shorebird pics for now.

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    nice! I can never tell the greater from the lesser yellowlegs, good to know about the upturn bill
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    Good indicator, especially if they're in the same flock, because they're actually fairly close in size and voice

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    How awesome! I can't wait to get out and find birds like these. The photo with the steer in the back is a neat shot.
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    Thanks! Keep a look out starting in late march-early April (I think, could be a bit earlier in your area). Most of these species are Arctic breeders so they'll pass through fairly early.

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    Yea. First of the the is when they really start here. We're on the back side of the pass through.
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    yeah we start getting shorebirds in late march too. probably similar out your way Steve.
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