Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla
Least sandpipers have yellow legs/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

The Least sandpiper is an uncommon migrant in the Refuge and surrounding areas. The Least Sandpiper is small and dark with a relatively thin, slightly drooping bill.  Although Least sandpipers are relatively numerous in North America they tend to occur is small flocks of dozens or hundreds, while most other shorebirds tend to flock by the thousands.  The Least sandpiper eats such things as small crustaceans, snails and insects.

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Facts About Least Sandpiper

Smallest shorebird in the world

Short yellow/green legs

Length a 6 inch Subway sub sandwich