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Featured Article: Baird's Sandpiper
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Identification

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Compared to most other species, look for very long wings creating an elongated profile. This is to some extent shared with Sanderling and White-rumped Sandpiper, and especially compared to the latter, look for all black, straighter bill and shorter legs.

Distribution

Breeds in north-east Siberia on Wrangel Island and the Chukotski Peninsula and across northern North America to Greenland.
In winter found in South America from southern Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego. Main migratory route in autumn is via the Great Plains in late July-August, juveniles migrate rather later and sometimes wander to eastern Canada. Spring movement across North America is mainly in April-early May, again most travel through the interior.

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