Semipalmated Sandpipers in Western OR (July 20 and 25, 2010)

Quite often it doesn’t require a real crisp picture to demonstrate the field marks of a species. Just looking at the bill almost clinches the id of this Semipalmated Sandpiper. Thick at the base, short, straight and blob-tipped. The breast is nicely streaked which hints of this bird being an adult. This bird was photographed at Fernhill Wetlands on 7/20/10.

The next set with 2 different birds is from Bayocean Spit near Tillamook, OR. Taken on 7/25/10 at high tide.

These are juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers since there is essentially no streaking on the breast. The semipalmated (half-webbed) feet can be seen well. The legs are partially olive, another trait of the juvenile bird molting into winter plumage. The streaking on the back is crisp and there is a little buff color in the fringes. The supercilium is clearly defined on all birds.

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Author: birdmeister

Obsessed with birding, I started taking a pictures in '01 after a brief personalized intro by the incomparable David LaPuma. In July '09, I acquired a Canon EOS 50D with a 100-400mm IS lens to be able to shoot the fast-moving lbjs that were so difficult before. In Dec '14, I upgraded my body to a Canon 7D Mark II and immediately noticed a big improvement. Nevertheless, I'm first and foremost a birder, then a photographer. Please note that all pictures on this site were taken by birdmeister (the owner of this site) except for where otherwise mentioned. All pictures on this site are copyrighted.

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