Shorebirds: White-rumped Sandpiper

Photo of White-rumped Sandpiper

Occurring on New England beaches in small numbers during migration and often mixed with slightly smaller sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers are easy to overlook. Within mixed flocks, the relative size of the birds helps to tell them apart, as does the fine streaking on their breast and flanks. In flight, they show a solid white patch at the base of their tail (see center bird below).

Photo of White-rumped Sandpiper

Photos taken in Biddeford Pool, Maine on 5/19/2014 (top) and 8/17/2012 (bottom).

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