Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pectoral Sandpiper

Among the Solitary Sandpipers I reported in my last post were several Pectoral Sandpipers and a single Least Sandpiper. The Pectoral's yellow legs may confuse the unwary with Least Sandpipers or the yellowlegs. The Least is a much smaller bird (see bottom photo), and the yellowlegs are much more gray.

As I wrote in a previous post, Pectoral Sandpipers migrate from Arctic regions of North America and Siberia to the pampas of southern South America. The total mileage of this round trip is more than 18,000 miles, making this species one of the longest-distance migrants among the birds.

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