Last month's photograph by Richard T. Mills (plate 241, repeated here as 288) is so sharp and evenly lit, and gives such a vivid impression of how the bird must actually have looked, that one is tempted to jump to a rapid conclusion. Other than settling for a wader of the genus Calidris, it would, however, be wiser to refrain for a moment until we can consider all the options. There is no subs

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