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Saturday, August 3, 2013

A brief stopover

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii), photographed on 3 August 2013.  Baird's Sandpipers are uncommon fall migrants in the Bodega Head area.  This is just a brief stopover site for them; they'll spend the winter in South America.  (Hard to believe, but some individuals complete the 15,000-km journey from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in 5 weeks!)

Salmon Creek Beach and Bodega Harbor are good places to look for Baird's Sandpipers.  Note the buffy head and breast, white-tipped back feathers, long wings (projecting beyond the tail), and black legs.

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