Marsh Sandpiper-Greenshank

Photographs & behavior notes as identification backup to to MM Bird Guide, page 114.

These similar species are placed together for convenient comparison.

Marsh Sandpiper (MM BirdGuide page114)

Greenshank (MM BirdGuide page114)

Video Action

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RIGHT: Marsh Sandpiper, here feeding, is extremely active, rapid movements, often running; much more active, faster moving, than the Greenshank, (above)