Sanderling

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have another shorebird. This one, however is a bit unique from the other shorebirds we've taken a look at thus far. The sanderling is a tundra-breeding sandpiper and its US range differs from many others. They are found during migration in the middle of the country (in between the... Continue Reading →

Stilt Sandpiper

Hey guys welcome back! Hooray! More shorebirds! Hahaha! Yes, another shorebird, today the stilt sandpiper. Pretty much exclusively a visitor to the US during migration, the stilt sandpiper looks similar in plumage to its small peep relatives, but stands much taller. Size-wise think a pectoral sandpiper on stilts. Hence the name I suppose. Breeding plumage... Continue Reading →

Short-billed Dowitcher

Hey guys welcome back. Today is the short-billed dowitcher. That name is a bit of a misnomer though. They do not have short bills. Rather, the name is meant to differentiate them from the long-billed dowitcher. In actuality, the difference in the bill length of the two species is very slight. Plumage is nearly identical... Continue Reading →

Greater Yellowlegs

Hey guys welcome back. Today a tall shorebird that has earned the nickname of "marshpiper" since it tends to wad in deeper water than other sandpipers. The greater yellowlegs is the second of two yellowlegs we've looked at. They look very similar - nearly identical - to their cousin the lesser yellowlegs. They tend to... Continue Reading →

Western Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. The western sandpiper. The third in the trifecta of sandpipers that all pretty much look the same. We've already talked a bit about the least and semipalmated sandpipers, so what makes the western sandpiper stand out? Well, you might think range would be one thing. They're called the western sandpiper after... Continue Reading →

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we have the first of two semipalmated shorebirds; the semipalmated sandpiper. Before I get into how confusing these guys can be, just what the heck does "semipalmated" mean? Well, essentially it means partially webbed. So rather than completely unwebbed feet like a songbird might have, or completely webbed feet like... Continue Reading →

Least Sandpiper

Hey guys welcome back. Shorebirds. Like flycatchers, they are often seen as confusing, hard to identify birds by many. And buckle up, because we have a lot of them coming this month. As you may know, I pull the order of my life list entries for this blog right from my eBird life list. And... Continue Reading →

Spotted Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is the most widespread breeding shorebird in North America; the spotted sandpiper! Found in every part of the lower 48 states, as well as most of Canada and Alaska, the spotted sandpiper is one of the easiest shorebirds to ID. They are brown above, and white below with an... Continue Reading →

Solitary Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. Back to shorebirds today for the solitary sandpiper. As its name suggests, the solitary sandpiper is often seen alone. They are a medium-sized shorebird, about the size of a robin, but taller. They sport a distinctive eye-ring, have an olive-brown head and upperparts, with some mottling of white, and have a... Continue Reading →

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