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February 2020

Vol. 48, No. 1

At a Glance: December 2019 Revealed

Wayne R. Petersen


Wayne R. Petersen

This issue's mystery species is obviously a shorebird. The bird's long, slender, and pointed bill suggests that it is a sandpiper of some kind. A plover, in contrast, would have a short, blunt bill. The bird's heavily patterned and spotted underparts further suggest that the bird is a sandpiper, because a plover would have either plain or banded underparts.

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