Thursday, September 2, 2010

Western Sandpiper

There are a group of Sandpipers that are commonly referred to as "Peeps". They include such Sandpipers as the Western and Least. They are given this generic name because they are hard to tell apart, especially from a distance.
I am pretty confident that the Peep above is a juvenile Western Sandpiper. It is definitely not a Least as its legs are black, not yellow like a Least. In addition, it has rufous upper scapulars as shown in my field guides.
This was taken at Fernhill Wetlands a couple of weekends ago. The same day that I got pictures of the Red-necked Phalarope and the Semipalmated Plover. I was able to get in pretty close to it, which was nice for a change.

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