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To those new to shorebird ID,

Well, going to say something rather unpopular.......
if you really want to learn the shorebirds, try identifying them on your 
own.
May not give that instant ID but it will make the identification process 
stick for future encounters.

List of field guides at amazon.com (or purchase them at ABA I am sure)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=shorebirds&x=10&y=18 
<http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=shorebirds&x=10&y=18>

The first two (by O'Brien and Chandler) are very good and of the new 
school (photographic) guides

The 3rd listing by Merchant et al is old school (drawings) but still 
rather good. Still a stand by for us
because of the multiple drawings, text on each bird and the overall 
basics of shorebird ID (feather pattern, etc.).

After all that study time, field work is essential.
If in the St. Louis area, taking Bill Rowe's birding classes (through 
the MO Bot. Gardens yes?) gives one a hands on experience.
If not, attend birdwalks in your area during the shorebird seasons.

Just my 1.5 cents.....hope it helps.

Back to work for me.

Good summer birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

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