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Least sandpiper

Calidris minutilla


This least sandpiper is the smallest shorebird I have ever seen. I first heard its peeping sound before I saw it among the mud flats of Yellowstone and along the shore of the river I was standing by. I spotted two of them. Their flying technique reminded me of swallows. This little bird is only 6 inches and the only shorebird with yellow legs and feet. This bird is gray/brown above and white underneath. Has a short, thin, slightly decurved bill.


Mudflats of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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Wyoming, USA

Spotted on Aug 1, 2015
Submitted on Aug 2, 2015

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