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Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
The Spotted Sandpiper is a medium-sized shorebird. It is brown above with thin white eye stripe. The underside is white with prominent round black spots. The tail is dark with white on the outside. The legs are yellow... Read more >

Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)
The Surfbird is a medium-sized shore bird. Outside the breeding season it is a gray bird with yellow legs and short bill. The tail is white with black band at the tip. There is also a white stripe on the wing. During... Read more >
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
The Ruddy Turnstone is a wading bird with wedge shaped bill and fairly short orange legs. The back and wings are gray brown with black mottling. The head is brownish with white streaks. The breast is black with a white... Read more >
Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
The Black Turnstone is a shorebird with dark wedge shaped bill and dark legs. In the breeding season the adults are black above with white eye stripe, white spots on sides of neck and breast. and white underside. In the... Read more >
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
The Sanderling is a small sandpiper. In the breeding season the head, breast, back and wings are reddish brown with dark and light markings. The underside is white. It the non-breeding season the head is pale gray with... Read more >
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
The Dunlin is a medium-sized sandpiper with fairly long dark bill and moderately long dark legs. In the breeding season it has reddish brown back and reddish brown crown, black belly. In the non-breeding season it is... Read more >
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
The Pectoral Sandpiper is a medium-sized sandpiper with fairly long slightly downward curved bill and fairly long yellowish or greenish legs. The back is reddish brown and black with two thin white stripes along the... Read more >
Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
The Least Sandpiper is a small sandpiper with short neck and longish black bill. The back is reddish brown with black markings, and two thin white lines down the back. The underside is white. The legs are fairly long... Read more >
Rock Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis)
The Rock Sandpiper is a medium sized shorebird with medium bill and fairly short yellow legs. In the breeding season, the back is patterned black and reddish brown. The head is white, with grayish patch around ear, and... Read more >
Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
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Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)
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Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
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Long-billed Curlew
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
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Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)
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Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
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Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
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Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
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Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
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American Avocet
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
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