Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)

Range: The Americas. Breeds across the Canadian and Alaskan arctic and migrates through North and Central America to winter in South America. In North America, follows the central flyway in both spring and fall migrations. This species is therefore relatively uncommon in both western and eastern North America.

Fig. 1. Juvenile. Most Baird's Sandpipers recorded in eastern North America during the fall are juveniles and can be aged by the scaley upperparts.

Fig. 2. In contrast to Semipalmated, Western and White-rumped Sandpipers, Baird's Sandpipers spend more time picking food items off relatively dry substrates such as baked mud, sand or grass.

Fig. 3. Side-view showing the slender, long winged profile of Baird's Sandpiper. The wing tips project well beyond the end of the tail. The buffy breast band with a scattering of darker spots is just visible.

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