Friday, September 5, 2008

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper (c)2008 ShootingMyUniverse

This is a Semipalmatetd Sandpiper, name after the partial webbing on the toes. You can see this in the bird’s forward foot below. Semipalmated Sandpipers come in a variety of plumages in the Fall migration make this a challenging bird to identify in the Fall. It can be confused with Least Sandpipers and Western Sandpipers. The coloring ranges from rufous to almost gray. The length of the beak, the black legs, the amount of black in the scapular feathers are all clues to look for.

This was taken at the Audubon Sanctuary on Eastern Point.

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