[Tweeters] Just a Note about the Carkeek Park Baird's Sandpiper

Brad Waggoner wagtail24 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 10 09:50:44 PDT 2016


Hi All,

I just thought it was worth pointing out that the Carkeek Baird's
Sandpiper is somewhat noteworthy. It is an adult and we just do not
really get many adult Baird's Sandpiper either as northbound spring
migrants or as southbound fall migrants. Juvenile Baird's Sandpipers,
though their numbers might vary a bit from year to year, are a much
different story and we should start seeing them at the end of the month
or beginning of August. If one takes a look at photos of the Carkeek
bird via Blair's blog or Spencer's eBird submission
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30583511), it is rather clear
that it certainly long-winged and structurally like what we consider
"normal" for a Baird's Sandpiper but it is not at all "scaly-backed" and
as buffy as juveniles
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/wagtail24/14901569388/).

Any Baird's Sandpipers noted over the next few weeks are worth
scrutinizing as to age. It might lead to giving us a bit better handle
on early arriving juveniles versus rare southbound adults.

Happy Birding,

Brad Waggoner

Bainbridge Island, Washington

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