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White-rumped Sandpipers

Calidris fuscicollis

Description:

Small to medium-sized sandpiper. Short neck. Moderately long straight bill. Moderately long legs. Long wings extend past end of tail on resting bird. Large white patch at base of tail. Underparts white, with fine dark streaks on pale gray breast. Black chevron marks on flanks in breeding plumage. Back mostly gray in nonbreeding plumage, mixed gray and warm brown in breeding plumage.

Habitat:

One perched on a small stump, two more were perched on a log warming in the morning sun, and one was feeding along the edge of Lake Lewisville.

Notes:

Unique among the small sandpipers known as "peeps," the White-rumped Sandpiper shows white above the base of the tail. Its striking rump, along with its distinctive call note, make it readily identifiable in the midst of a flock of flying small shorebirds.

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2 Comments

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

Thanks. I love hiking the shore and finding flocks of these little "peeps"

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Nice spotting!

gatorfellows
Spotted by
gatorfellows

Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Dec 4, 2012
Submitted on Dec 9, 2012

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