These peeps had yellow legs. Ah, that would make ID easy, there are only a few with yellow legs. I thought I would get a few shots, then move around the leg of one of the molds and get a better look and better shots. I slowly lifted my camera and got a few shots but they took off with a call (which I couldn't define now) and headed toward Limon Bay.
Pectorals?When I got back aboard, I pulled out my books and learned that Pectoral Sandpipers looked like big Least Sandpipers. Oh good, a lifer! Even if I only saw them for a few seconds, I saw them! Except.... the illustrations of the Pectoral Sandpipers had a two-toned bill. These appeared to be all dark. Still, these were big birds on longish legs, they were simply too big to be Leasts. I have seen lots of Leasts and these weren't Leasts. The words of a few of my cyber-space mentors came to mind, something like, "Size isn't a good indicator in the field." I looked at the lousy shots of the birds. They were fuzzy and the angles of the birds weren't good. They were fairly close when I saw them and I don't know why the shots aren't good. Well, yes, I do know why they're not good; it's because I really needed them to be good.
Pectoral?The Pectoral is described to be upright all the time, and these weren't. They weren't slouched like some peeps, but they weren't exactly upright, and there was the bill. But, they were too big and tall! I saw them at the same time as the warblers and they were not warbler size, my first impression was plover...they had to be Pectorals. In the end, I didn't list them.
Today, I was doing laundry and while the washer spun, I thought I'd wander and bird. I hadn't even gotten to the fork to the loop when I saw the marina Spotted Sandpiper in the road ahead. Wait, that's not him! That's really little. A Least Sandpiper. I instantly knew what it was even though it was on a flooded road and not a beach. It was tiny and delicate. I also instantly knew that what I had seen before were Pectorals. It wandered around me, searching the flooded road for morsels of some kind. Sometimes it came as close as five feet of me. It wasn't at all skittish and I got really good photos and views. I had to leave and transfer the wash to the drier and it was still hunting.
Least Sandpipers Below