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Thursday, January 19, 2017

NONBREEDING WESTERN SANDPIPER, BUNCHE BEACH, FORT MYERS, FL, 1/18/16

   We can ID this sandpiper as a nonbreeding Western Sandpiper by its small size (estimated at 6" +-); black legs; relatively long (especially compared to similar looking nonbreeding Semipalmated Sandpiper) , broad at base, slightly downcurved, black bill and gray-brown back.  Also in southern Florida during the winter you are unlikely to see a Semipalmated Sandpiper (you see them during migration), while a Western Sandpiper is fairly common.
   The Western Sandpiper is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 514.