Western Sandpiper
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General description.

The Western Sandpiper is very similar to the Semipalmated, with which it is easily confused. It is slightly larger and a downward tip at the end of the bill is the big difference. The Western often feeds in deeper water than other "peeps", almost completely immersing its bill. His underparts are buff with dark flecks, and in winter this bird is mostly gray.

Breeding habits.

The Western Sandpiper breeds in western Alaska tundra.

Calls or song.

The voice of the Western Sandpiper is a high and thin, "cheep".

Population and distribution.

This bird winters along the Coast of California and southward to South America.

Nesting habits.

The female lays 4 creamy eggs with redish-brown spots. The nest is a depression in the grass.

Similar birds:

Semipalmated Sandpiper Photo Semipalmated Sandpiper
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