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Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri

Western Sandpiper
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 7 in. (18 cm)
In migration and the winter, this sandpiper is almost always found in small to large flocks in shallow water or on sand and mud flats. It forages by probing for invertebrates in the mud. During the short breeding season on the tundra of western Alaska, the Western Sandpiper places a grassy nest in low shrubs, often in tight colonies of 100s of pairs. The four-digit banding code is WESA.

Mudflat
Mudflat

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