The Wilson's Phalarope appears to be a Lesser Yellowlegs. The bird doesn't show the thin needle like bill, and the marking appear wrong on the back. The eye ring is apparent in the photos, Wilsons does not have an eye ring. I ask for someone to explain what makes this a Phalarope and not a Lesser Yellowlegs?
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> On Apr 2, 2017, at 6:15 PM, world oceans <world.oceans7...> wrote:
> Nice!! I have seen a number of phalaropes that were pretty dark on the
> back, especially in transitional plumage (which I think this bird probably
> is). Plus, the coverts (especially primary coverts) tend to be dark, so if
> the bird folds its wings a certain way, it can create the illusion of a
> dark back. Also have seen some with relatively dark caps.....
> Nice photos and an exciting find!
> James Gibson
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