Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper

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I’m done with Sparrows for the time being. Shorebird season began about two weeks ago when I began seeing significant numbers of Least and Western Sandpipers. It began in earnest on Sunday, when Cricket and I found our FOS Semipalmated Sandpiper, a juvenile at the Dumbarton Bridge. It’s an uncommon-to-rare fall migrant in the SF Bay Area—almost always juveniles. It was black-legged, short blunt-billed and generally lacking any of the nearby Western Sandpiper’s rufous-tones… It stood out in having a very pronounced facial pattern and being unafraid of getting its legs fully wet. Uh-oh. Looks like I’m going to have to go where my heart is, and for now, it’s with Shorebirds. I so want to draw a Baird’s Sandpiper… 

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