Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla), Cross Creek Dairy, Florence, Pinal County
This Semipalmated Sandpiper was
found and photographed by Sean Fitzgerald on 03 September 2016
A rare, but regular, fall transient in Arizona.
The subject bird is in the foreground in the first
two images (with a juvenile Western in the background)
and in the background in the last image (with a juvenile
Western on the left and an adult Least on the right).
This is a juvenile, indicated by the fresh buffy fringes
on the upperparts. Semipalmated Sandpiper is a black
legged, grayish, short billed peep. The short, straight
bill, black legs, the lack of heavier black streaking or
chevrons on the lower flanks, the short wing projection,
and the lack of rufous edging on the back, scapulars,
crown, and ear coverts all point to Semipalmated and
away from any of the similar species. Note especially
the bill shape in comparison to the Western Sandpiper:
shorter, straighter, and more blunt-tipped.
03 September 2016, photo by Sean FitzgeraldAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 09 September 2016