In August, on some New England beaches, Semipalmated Sandpipers can be seen by the hundreds, if not thousands. Other species, like Baird's Sandpiper, who mostly migrate through the central part of the continent, most often occur in New England as single birds. More juvenile Baird's are seen each year (primarily mid-Aug to early-Oct) than adults, suggesting that inexperienced birds are more likely to wander off-course. Either that, or juvenile birds spread out because they know how much birders adore their scaly back pattern and buffy-golden plumage.
Compared with a Semipalmated Sandpiper, Baird's is a larger bird (similar in size to a White-rumped Sandpiper), with wings that extend noticeably beyond the tail feathers. To learn more about Baird's Sandpipers, visit All About Birds.
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