White-rumped Sandpiper

Calidris fuscicollis

This species breeds in the high central Canadian arctic, and is an extremely rare and erratic breeder in far Northeast Alaska. As they typically migrate north through the central plains of North America and in fall move down the Atlantic Coast it is remarkable that a White-rumped Sandpiper made its way to Saint Paul in late July, 1998. Nevertheless, a juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper lingered in the Salt Lagoon from July 22-29, 1998. If faced with a possible White-rumped Sandpiper look for the long primary projection past the tertials, large size (in relation to Western Sandpiper), white rump and extensive rufous wash across the back to solidify the identification.