On Sunday, September 6 my friend Andrew Don and I headed to Presqu’ile Provincial Park with the hope of seeing either a Western Sandpiper and/or a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Although Western Sandpiper is common in coastal areas in the West, it becomes progressively scarcer toward the East. It is a locally common migrant inland in the West, but it is rare inland in the East (O’Brien, Crossley and Karlson 2006).
I am always excited whenever I get a chance to add to my bird photo life list or to significantly enhance my photo library. While birding at Robb’s Field in San Diego, California I was fortunate to be able to quietly approach a Western Sandpiper foraging along the mudflats near the edge of the water. Measuring 6 ½” in length, the Western Sandpiper is only slightly larger than the Semipalmated Sandpiper (6 1/4'’) and the smallest peep, the Least Sandpiper (6”).