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Odd Pectoral Sandpiper

These photos were taken from a great distance, across a very hot drained fish pond, so sorry for not being very sharp. Even in these bad photos, this is one strange shorebird for many reasons but most likely it is just an exceptionally small, exceptionally bright, female juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper with melanistic tendencies. Size and color, possibly some Sharp-tail somewhere in its past but the bill? Click on photo to enlarge, notes under photos. Also there were other non-typical features for Pectoral as listed and seen in the following poor photos.
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-28-10 - melanistic -
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-28-10 - melanistic -
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-28-10 - melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-28-10 - melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-28-10 - melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-28-10 - melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic
Pectoral Sandpiper - 8-29-10 melanistic