Baird's Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii

ML199296121



eBird Checklist S63378458
Owens Lake
Inyo, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 36.427, -117.957 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Comments

The Baird’s is the center left

Observation details

We were surprised to find this winter plumaged Baird’s Sandpiper in the company of several hundred Leasts, Westerns, and Dunlin. Overall, it was larger than the Least Sandpipers, comparable in size to the Dunlin. Like the Dunlin it had a hooded look but instead of the breast being brownish it was more of a buffy caramel color. What stood out was the long primary projection with primary tips extending past the tail, horizontal body shape, and beautifully scalloped back feathers. The back feathers were all pale edged making it look like a collection of little crescent moons. The bill was black, rather long, and thin being broader at the base and narrowing to the tip. This is one of the very few records in North America in January for the species. It was seen after sundown so the photographs are not that bright or colorful. Found in T-27 S, at the south entrance near the junction with the Main Line Road. Coordinates are 36.478488, -117.907406.

Technical Information

Model
DSC-HX400V
Lens model
2254417/524283-215mm f/2.8-6.3
f-stop
f/6.3
Focal length
215 mm
Shutter speed
1/250 sec
ISO
1000
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
725KB
Dimensions
2530 x 1897

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