Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Pectoral Sandpiper versus Earthworm

See this returning migrant Pectoral Sandpiper consume an earthworm! Pectoral Sandpipers are among the first shorebird species to pass through Wisconsin during spring migration. So far this spring the only other shorebirds I've seen are Killdeer, Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs, American Woodcock and Wilson's Snipe. By checking the Cornell Lab Species Account range map for Pectoral Sandpipers, you can see this little bird has a long way to go. What's it doing here? This sandpiper is preparing for the next leg of its journey by resting and eating to keep those fat stores up for long distance migration.

Pectoral Sandpiper images © 2005 Michael Allen McDowell

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