Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri
Western sandpipers have a slightly drooping bill/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

The Western sandpiper winters here, foraging in large flocks on the ocean beaches, mudflats, and marinas. In stormy weather they will gather in short-grass fields. It eats insects, crustaceans, and mollusks. It is rusty colored in the spring with arrow-shaped spots along its sides and grayish in winter. 

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Facts About Western Sandpiper

Dark tapered bill that droops slightly at the tip

One of the most abundant shorebirds in North America

Considered a "peep"