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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

The Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) is a very small shorebird. It measures 13–15 cm (5.1-5.9 in) long and weighing around 20-32 g (0.7-1.1 oz). Adults have black legs and a short, stout, straight dark bill. The body is dark grey-brown on top and white underneath. The head and neck are tinged light grey-brown. This bird can be difficult to distinguish from other similar tiny shorebirds, in particular, the Western Sandpiper; these are known collectively as “peeps” or “stints.” [Wikipedia]

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

An abundant small shorebird, the Semipalmated Sandpiper breeds in the Arctic and winters along the coasts of South America. It feeds on insects, worms, small mollusks, and crustaceans. [All About Birds]

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper Facts [All About Birds]

  • Semipalmated Sandpipers from eastern populations probably undertake nonstop transoceanic flights of 3,000 – 4,000 km (1,900 – 2,500 mi) from New England and southern Canada to South America, powered by extensive fat reserves.
  • The Semipalmated Sandpiper gets its common name from the short webs between its toes (“palmated” means webbed). The Western Sandpiper is the only other small sandpiper with similarly webbed toes.
  • The oldest recorded Semipalmated Sandpiper was at least 14 years, 2 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in New Brunswick.
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

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