10 Jul Wader Quest’s Interesting Article on Sandpipers
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Separating Baird’s and White-rumped Sandpipers.
|Look how horribly similar these two birds are! If you look at the colour and pattern of the upperparts they are almost identical, the brown mask and brown cap also very similar. But if you look at the back end of the bird and flick your eyes from one to the other you can detect that the bird on the right looks so much more pointed; attenuated they call it in the books. Look more closely and you’ll see why. The bird on the right is a White-rumped Sandpiper in breeding plumage and you can see that its wing tips are noticeably beyond the tail tip. The other bird is a Semipalmated Sandpiper in breeding plumage and its wingtips are more or less in line with the tail tip. The birds behind are Dunlins. Connecticut, USA 17/05/2012; Both photos Elis Simpson.|