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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:09 pm 
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Hi Rookie & Lizet

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I think the birds in the background are common greenshanks. However, the one in front could well be a marsh sandpiper. MS are often to be found together with greenshanks. They have a long dark and skinny bill, long yellowish legs and are less bulky built the the greenshank.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:42 pm 
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I would agree with MS. The bill is finer and no sign of an upsweep.

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 Post subject: Sandpiper, Marsh
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Marsh SandPiper, Tringa stagnatilis, is one of the most elegant of waders, rather like a miniature Greenshank.

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Marsh Sandpipers are wary birds and usually hunt alone, but on rich feeding sites may gather in coordinated groups or they may join other waders. To hunt prey, they wade up to their bellies in shallow water, walking briskly and steadily, pecking off tidbits on the water surface, or sweeping around on the bottoms with their bills.

They often roost in large groups with other waders.

A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "cluster", "contradiction", "fling", and my personal favourite, a "time-step" of sandpipers.

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