Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011).

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/10 and 8/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The first juvenile Western Sandpiper of the fall in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). At this date, our adult Westerns are already well on their way to basic plumage.

The first juvenile Western Sandpiper of the fall in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). At this date, our adult Westerns are already well on their way to basic plumage. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Southern Florida in February 2005.

Below three: Photos of a molting adult Western Sandpiper through the heat shimmer on a mud flat at Rumbly Point. Note the longer bill, larger size, and plumage differences compared to the nearby Least Sandpiper (7/20/2008). The heat shimmer in these photos really helps portray the miserable humidity of this outing. Just add cruel biting flies and the experience would be complete.

Below: Western Sandpipers among other peeps at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/20/2011). We counted a total of 37 on this date.

Western Sandpipers among other peeps at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/20/2011). We counted a total of 37 on this date. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Western Sandpipers among other peeps at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/20/2011). We counted a total of 37 on this date. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Part of a major gathering of Western Sandpipers at Bolsa Chica, California (10/6/2011).

Part of a major gathering of Western Sandpipers at Bolsa Chica, California (10/6/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.


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