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Location: Jamaica Bay, NY
GPS: 40.6N, -73.8W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 7, 2010
ID : 7C2V2948 [3888 x 2592]

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Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 19, 2015
ID : B13K8173 [4896 x 3264]

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Least Sandpiper Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Del Rey Lagoon), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=3' MAP
Date: August 24, 2013
ID : B13K4058 [4896 x 3264]

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Least Sandpiper Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 30, 2013
ID : B13K4111 [4896 x 3264]

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Least Sandpiper Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Estero San Jose, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
GPS: 23.1N, -109.7W, elev=26' MAP
Date: February 1, 2013
ID : B13K2103 [4896 x 3264]

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Least Sandpiper Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.2N, -115.6W, elev=-232' MAP
Date: August 20, 2010
ID : 7C2V1813 [3888 x 2592]

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Location: Ballona Creek, California
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 27, 2011


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Location: Ballona Creek, California
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 27, 2011


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Least Sandpiper Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 7, 2012
ID : B13K0494 [4896 x 3264]

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Least Sandpiper Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: October 2, 2007
ID : 4323 [3888 x 2592]

Least Sandpiper Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 20, 2008
ID : 7C2V7246 [3888 x 2592]

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Least Sandpiper Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 6, 2008
ID : 7C2V8582 [3888 x 2592]

Least Sandpiper Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Jekyll Island, GA
GPS: 31.1N, -81.4W, elev=7' MAP
Date: February 10, 2008
ID : 3643 [3888 x 2592]

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Least Sandpiper (juvenal)
 
 
Location: Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.2N, -115.6W, elev=-232' MAP
Date: August 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V7091 [3888 x 2592]

Least Sandpiper Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 13, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Least Sandpiper Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 13, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

Least Sandpiper Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 13, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Least Sandpiper, Calidris or Erolia minutilla, is the smallest shorebird.

This species has yellowish legs and a short thin dark bill. Breeding adults are brown with dark brown streaks on top and white underneath. They have a light line above the eye and a dark crown. In winter, Least Sandpipers are grey above. The juveniles are brightly patterned above with rufous colouration and white mantle stripes.

This bird can be difficult to distinguish from other similar tiny shorebirds; these are known collectively as "peeps" or "stints". In particular, Least Sandpiper is very similar to its Asian counterpart, Long-toed Stint . It differs from that species in its more compact, shorter-necked appearance, shorter toes, somewhat duller colours, and stronger wingbar.

Their breeding habitat is the northern North American continent on tundra or in bogs. They nest on the ground near water. The female lays 4 eggs in a shallow scrape lined with grass and most. Both parents incubate; the female leaves before the young birds fledge and sometimes before the eggs hatch. The young birds feed themselves and are able to fly within two weeks of birth.

They migrate in flocks to the southern United States and northern South America. They occur as very rare vagrants in western Europe.

These birds forage on mudflats, picking up food by sight, sometimes by probing. They mainly eat small crustaceans, insects and snails.



                                     




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