Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper

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There were three juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers at Coyote Hills this weekend. I found their honey-striped plumage very beautiful. I think I under-emphasized the striped quality of the back, which is not entirely unlike that of a Wilson’s Snipe. In any case, the proportions are important for this bird, as it is larger than other Calidris Sandpipers and therefore has a smaller head in relation to body. As well, the neck is rather long and thick and the bill somewhat short.

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