Curlew Sandpiper

This casual shorebird has been seen in the Pribilofs less than five times. Records come predominantly from the fall, with three birds occurring during the last two weeks of August in 1986 and 1993. A single bird was found in spring, June 11, 1980. The identification of alternate plumaged adults is straightforward, as no other shorebird species combines the bright red head and breast, with a white rump and long, thin, curved bill. For fall juveniles though some care must be taken to separate this species with juvenile Dunlin and even juvenile Rock Sandpiper. Look for the even gray upperparts, replete with bold white scaling, and the white rump and thin curved bill to identify this species. Look for this species along the sandy margins of lakes or in the Salt Lagoon.