Posted by: atowhee | September 23, 2013


Taken August 11 at Emigrant Lake. This bird was alone and unlike the peeps around it. P1680416 (1280x1280)

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The yellow legs are obvious, but the distinct eyebrow seems to eliminate Lesser yellowlegs and its back is quite brown…the beak doesn’t seem long enough for a Stilt Sandpiper but I don’t know that species well enough to be sure.

FINAL CONCLUSIION: A PECTORAL THAT I COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED. THERE WERE LESSER YELLOWLEGS PRESENT AND I SIMPLY LUMPED HIM IN WITH THEM AND DIDN’T PAY ATTENTION UNTIL JUST TODAY WHEN I WAS CULLING PICTURES AND REALIZED THIS ONE WAS NOT IDENTIFIED AND WASN’T A LESSER OF ANYTHING! A juvenile Least Sandpiper, up close and in bright plumage. I probably thought so at the time as I never labeled the photos that day and anything tat astrikes me as unusual I will label in some way so it can be re-found. Aren’t shorebirds fun? Like first year gulls only more so.


  1. can’t tell the size from the pics, but It could be a pectoral sandpiper

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