Monday, May 22, 2017

Least Sandpiper

Another shorebird on11 May 2017 at the Bridgewater Township flood control pond just south of Northfield. Note the dark breast and rich, brown back. The small size and yellow legs cinch identification as a Least Sandpiper.

These common shorebirds breed across arctic regions of North America. They winter from the United States to northern South America. Eastern populations make non-stop, 4000 km flights from New England to Venezuela (Nebel and Cooper 2008).

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