Shorebird Solutions

Following on from yesterday’s shorebird’s the answers. CLICK IMAGES FOR LARGER VERSIONS


Mostly Semi-s with a Western and a Least - all juvs.

The longer bill, obvious white super bulging on the forehead and a narrow ‘spur’ of breast streaking hint at the id. They often look “cleaner” than Semi’s with paler earcoverts. On this shot, the clean grey lower scaps with a thin dark shaft streak, often makes these feathers look longer and more pointed. Note this bird does not have particularly rufous upper scaps. Note – there is another longer-billed bird above and to the left, which I think is a Semi-p, but can’t be sure from this image.


Western Sand moulting from juvenile to first-winter plumage

A juvenile ‘peep’ in mid-September could be either a Semipalmated or a Western. Unlike Western, Semis don’t moult until they reach their wintering quarters and retain full juvenile plumage into mid-October (see below). So, while both can be in juvenile plumage in mid-September,  a bird such as in  Pic#2 that is in active moult to first-winter plumage is a Western.

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper, September


A typical, straightforward Semiplamated, showing the dark ear coverts, blunt-tipped bill and nice capped appearance (as shown by the bird above). Note on that image, the semipalmations are visible.

Juv. Semipalmated Sandpiper, September

and to round out this’s one last bird…an easy one I think??

Connecticut, September, Species and age?


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