Baird’s Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii

Once thought to be very rare in the Pribilofs, Baird’s Sandpipers have recently been found to be annual, in small numbers from late July to late August. Individuals often linger for days once detected. Baird’s are quite distinct from the breeding shorebirds of Saint Paul, as they are markedly larger, black legged, and possess a warm buffy wash across the face, nape and upper breast. Also note the long primaries, which project well past the tertials, and even beyond the tail tips on a standing bird. Most records are of southbound juveniles which have their back feathers extensively edged in white, giving them a highly scaled look. Good places to search for this and other migrant shorebird species are Pumphouse Lake, the muddy verges around Webster Lake, the salt flats of the Salt Lagoon and Antone Slough.