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Taxonomy: Order Charadriiformes >> Family Scolopacidae >> Genus Calidris

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Unique ID: 1114)
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Species: Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Location: KCPL Prairie Wetland, Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas, United States
Age: adult     Plumage: alternate/breeding     Activity: flying
Sex: ---     Visibility: full body     Quantity: multiple
Photographer: David Seibel     Date: May 18, 2009
Equipment: Canon EOS 1D Mark II N and Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS     Megapixels: 8.2

Notes: This mixed flock of Semipalmated, Least, and White-rumped sandpipers was very skittish, feeding feverishly but taking flight at the slightest provocation as the southerly winds and approaching dusk seemed to urge them northward. These and other small, similar species of Calidris are often collectively called "peeps."


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