Terek Sandpiper

Xenus cinereus

This highly distinctive shorebird is seen during nearly half of the seasons on Saint Paul. Primarily a spring vagrant, from mid-May to mid-June, this species has also been found in mid-summer and in fall. Terek Sandpiper’s short orange-yellow legs, gray upperparts, long upturned bill and frenetic foraging style sets them apart from all other shorebirds. Look for this species during periods of heavy west winds, especially in late May and early June. Good places to check on the island are near kelp rack lines on any sandy beach, and the flats at the south end of the Salt Lagoon.