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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Crowley County Stilt Sandpiper

As I posted last night, I saw about 15 Stilt Sandpipers at Lake Meredith in Crowley County yesterday. This is a photo of one of them that shows the field marks for Alternate Plumage. Stilt Sandpipers in Alternate (breeding) Plumage have heavily barred underparts and the distinctive chestnut cheek patchs(sometimes referred to as ear patches).

This medium sized sandpiper has relatively long legs. The long bill droops slightly at the tip. Read more about this species here

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