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red knot

Calidris canutus

Description:

Smallest bird in photo - next to willet and marbled godwit for comparison - slightly marked feathers on wings and back, whitish belly with heavy spotting. Does not bob tail when moving.

Habitat:

Mission bay park on sand berm that protects beach from increasing high tides


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2 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 4 months ago

I saw a flock of leasts elsewhere(will eventually post pics) and was taken by both how small they were and how bright their feathers were).

Brian38
Brian38 4 months ago

The yellowish legs and size of the bird have me leaning towards a Least Sandpiper.

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 32.78, Long: -117.25

Spotted on Dec 25, 2018
Submitted on Jan 7, 2019

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