Saturday, November 12, 2016

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpipers are the smallest of the small sandpipers, measuring in from 5 to 6 inches in length. They are long-distance migrants that travel from 1,800 to 2,500 miles from the southern United States and northern South America to breeding areas in the extreme northern regions of North America.

Least Sandpipers have brown upper-parts and white lower-parts with black slightly decurved bills and thin yellowish-green legs.  They feed on invertebrates along the edges of water and favor muddier shores than other sandpipers.  

I spotted this pair of sandpipers foraging along the muddy edges of the creek bank as we traveled through St. Catherine Creek NWR.  They suspiciously watched me as I tried to clear my camera lens across the top of the tall grasses that obscured my view.  They're so small I nearly missed them.  

1 comment:

  1. I love to watch them flow across the sand, like their little legs aren't even moving. Claymation.