[Tweeters] Help with sandpiper ID, please

Philip Dickinson pdickins at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 16:12:04 PDT 2017

EBird data shows that Baird's actually is more common here than Sanderling
in July. The long wings, the facial pattern and the bill look good to me
for Baird's. However, I am still learning the finer points of these
nonbreeding shorebirds, so I am interested in what other feedback you
receive. I, too, have not seen many Baird's.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 3:28 PM, Barry Brugman <bbrug15 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'd like some help with the identification of a sandpiper I saw at Canyon

> Park Wetlands in Bothell this afternoon. It was larger than the nearby

> Least Sandpipers and much lighter in color. My first thought was

> Sanderling, but it didn't seem quite right for that. after studying my

> pictures and my field guide, I think it's a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper. It

> seems very early for that, though, and I've only seen Baird's a couple of

> times before, so I'd like some help. There's a good chance I'm missing

> something obvious, and I'd like to get it right.


> Here is a link to some pictures of the bird:


> http://www.barry15.com/2017_Birding_Reports/December.html


> Thanks very much,


> Barry Brugman

> Kirkland



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