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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, NH

Yesterday I photographed this Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the NH coast, a very cool shorebird and an unusual bird for coastal NH. It was walking around the short grass in a parking lot, near some gulls and other shorebirds. This is a juvenile bird, told by the whitish margins of the back and wing feathers and paler underparts than the adult.
An Arctic breeder, it usually migrates through the interior of the country and can be found during migration in plowed fields, upper beaches, margins of wetlands and short-grass habitats. Birds found outside the main migration route are often juveniles.
Hope it has a safe migration.

4 comments:

Kevin said...

What a great shot of a cool bird!

Chatterbirds said...

What a beautiful shot of this dapper, uncommon shorebird.

Jeremy Medina said...

Beautiful photo Lillian!

dAwN said...

Great photo and sighting! Happy Birding!