Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla), Goldman Dairy Sludge Ponds, Pinal County
This Semipalmated Sandpiper was found and photographed
by Doug Jenness on 01 August 2016
A rare, but regular, fall transient in Arizona.
Semipalmated Sandpiper always shows black legs
and averages a shorter, more stout, and straight bill
without any droop to the tip than Western Sandpiper in
any plumage. This is a juvenile, indicated by the fresh
buffy fringes on the upperparts. The relatively short,
straight bill, black legs, the lack of heavier black
streaking or chevrons on the lower flanks, the short
wing projection, and the lack of rufous edging on the
back, scapulars, crown, and ear coverts all point to
Semipalmated and away from any of the similar species.
01 August 2016, photo by Doug JennessAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 03 July 2017