Baird's Sandpiper Caladris bairdii

Chilean name: playero de Baird
Baird's Sandpiper, Chiloe, Chile, December 2005 - click for larger image Chile

Baird's Sandpiper breeds in the Arctic tundra of North America and the extreme east of Siberia. In July, they begin to migrate to South America and spend the northern winter in western and southern South America beginning their return northward migration in March.

Baird's  Sandpiper, Chiloe, Chile, December 2005 - click for larger image These photos show Baird's Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage. It is a smallish sandpiper with long wings. Note the primary projection beyond the tail that can be seen well in the first photo and the long-winged look to the bird in photo 3. It has a pale brown, slightly streaked breast and, unlike the similar White-rumped Sandpiper C. fuscicollis, has no streaking on the flanks.
Baird's  Sandpiper, Chiloe, Chile, December 2005 - click for larger image In flight it shows a very weak wingbar and whitish edges to the rump and tail.

It is less gregarious than most of its congeners and is usually seen singly or in small groups.

It is named in honour of Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823 - 1887) author of A Catalogue of North American Birds in 1858.

Baird's  Sandpiper, Chiloe, Chile, December 2005 - click for larger image
Baird's  Sandpiper, Chiloe, Chile, December 2005 - click for larger image
Baird's  Sandpiper, Laguna Chaxa, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image
Baird's  Sandpiper, Laguna Chaxa, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image
Baird's  Sandpiper, Laguna Chaxa, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image
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