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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Rimmy Jim Tank, Coconino County

This Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was found and photographed by Jason Wilder on 07 May 2014, and also photographed by Brian Gatlin on 7 May and by Bryan Patrick on 8 May.

This is a potential 5th state (3 accepted and one submitted) and 1st county record, with all prior records from fall and all from Maricopa County.  Outside of Alaska, most records of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in the ABA area are of juvenile birds in the fall. Spring records of adult birds within the ABA area are very rare anywhere, and unprecedented in Arizona.

The rufous cap, obvious eyering, buffy breast and chevroned patterning on the sides and breast point to Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Pectoral Sandpiper, which is structurally similar, would show a more demarkated breast band, no markings on the sides, and in this season a less rufous cap. The bird's size, slightly larger than a nearby Spotted Sandpiper, also points to Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.


07 May 2014, photo by Jason Wilder

 

07 May 2014, photo by Brian Gatlin

 


07 May 2014, photo by Bryan Patrick

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Submitted on 07 May 2014

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