- Black, straighg, tubular, thick at base, blunt-tipped bill which is significantly shorter than head width. The Western Sandpiper, which it can be confused with, generally has a longer (same length as head width), slightly drooping, pointed bill.
- Black legs.
- Dark cap.
- Short neck.
- Gray-brown on top and white underneath.
- The dingy breast band together with the scaly upperparts indicate they are probably juveniles.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, NONQUON SEWAGE LAGOONS, PORT PERRY, ON
We can ID these sandpipers as Semipalmated Sandpipers, most likely juveniles, as follows:
The Semipalmated Sandpiper is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 311.