[CT Birds] Semipalmated or Western?

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 27 12:58:55 EDT 2013

It looks to me like a classic Western Sandpiper juvenile.  The legs are dark, the wings are long, but do not project past the tail (the way White-rumped or Baird's would), The face is quite pale, as is the breast. The pattern in the feathers of the scapulars and the wing coverts is wrong for Semipalmated. There appears to clearly be a rusty area on the upper scapulars, as juv Westerns would show.  The bill looks too long for Semipalmated, and while not clearly drooped, it is very broad at the base.

Frank Mantlik

 From: "danforth1723 at att.net" <danforth1723 at att.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:50 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] Semipalmated or Western?

Cabela's pond, E. Hartford 5:30ish pm. With Brenda Anderson and Kaye
Danforth. (8) Pectoral Sandpipers, (10) Killdeer, a few Least Sandpipers and
a few peeps that I believe were either Semipalmated or Western Sandpipers. I
have difficulty with some peeps. Pic at

We also bumped into Don Morgan and a few other birders at Eagleville Dam
around 7:00 pm watching Common Night Hawks till 7:30.

Mark Danforth


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