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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:
  • 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.
   The Semipalmated Sandpiper is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 311.