Monday, October 19, 2009
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Calidris pusilla, Nickname: "Peeps," TJ Estuary Reserve, San Diego, California. Based on the dark legs and somewhat stubbier beak, this appears to be a Semipalmated Sandpiper that has wandered South on the West side of the Rockies rather than to the East coast with most of its bretheren. The more typical Western Sandpiper or Least Sandpiper are, at least according to the bird guides, more commonly found here in the West. I happen to think these are fairly frequent at TJER but I haven't stared at enough of my photos to prove the point.