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Three peeps.

Shorebird identification is challenging. Do you recognize these peeps? I did my best to give you at least some clues in this life-sized painting. All three are all the same species, even though the one in front is warmer in color. I suspect that it’s a breeding bird—returning from northern Canada or Alaska—joined by two non-breeding summer residents of Wells, Maine. These birds were part of large mixed flock, maybe 80 birds perched on the colorful rocks and seaweed on the ocean. There were about five different species all together, and many of them had their eyes closed, as if they just finished a long overnight flight.

I'll post the answer to my website later this week. I’d love to hear your guesses.

Three peeps is a 8" x 10" acrylic painted on a wood panel. It sold last summer.

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