White-rumped Sandpiper juvenile 10/30/18

Adult White-rumped Sandpipers began their migration from the Arctic back in August, but the juveniles don’t come through the Maritimes and New England until October, later than most shorebirds.  You can see their white rumps in flight but when resting up you’ll notice the rufous brace on their wings, a hint of orange at the base of the lower bill, the spotted flanks, the conspicuous eyestripe, and if the angle is right, long wings with the tips extending beyond the tail. They are one of North America’s 5 species of “peep,”  the group of the smallest sandpipers.

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