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Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri

ML68848641


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Doug Hitchcox
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eBird Checklist S39173963
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center
Cumberland, Maine, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 43.7067, -70.2418 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

*rare | picked out among the SESA flock first by its bright rusty scapulars. The bird also looked paler head (especially the face). Not sure if this is a good field mark for WESA but noticed the bird appeared either short-tertialed or long-primaried compared to SESA (not long winged like WRSA or BASA - didn't cross in the back - but the primaries were definitely more exposed than on nearby SESA). The bill appeared a bit longer than SESAs nearby but not one of the DUNL-esque bills that WESA can show. Structurally it was a bit more square-headed, a trait accentuated by it foraging with its neck stuck way out. It was a struggle to stay on the bird and I probably spent to much time studying it myself rather than letting others on the scope. I did get some really terrible digiscoped shots through branches that I can add later. The flock kept reshuffling but was ultimately flushed by a Merlin.

Technical Information

Model
iPhone 6s
Lens model
iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
f-stop
f/2.2
Focal length
4.2 mm
Shutter speed
1/458 sec
ISO
25
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
98KB
Dimensions
1201 x 799

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