Shorebirds

The big news in Oregon birding this week is the Wood Sandpiper found at Fern Ridge Reservoir west of Eugene (Birding Oregon p. 90). This is the first record for Oregon, and one of only a few records for North America south of Alaska. Of regional interest was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Tualatin River NWR, just west of Tigard. I wasn’t able to chase either of these birds, so I had to settle for a few more common species at Fernhill Wetlands (Birding Oregon p. 61).


While we can’t see the bill on this individual, the bold stripes and orange tail identify this bird as a Wilson’s Snipe.


Here is a Greater Yellowlegs. The bill is more than half the total length of the head. On a Lesser Yellowlegs, the bill is about half the total head length, and the bird is considerably smaller overall.

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Posted on October 1, 2008, in identification challenges, OR Birding Sites and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice photo of the Yellowlegs…postcard perfect!

  2. What great photos! We are still working on our shorebird identification skills and your site is always a great help! Thanks and we really enjoy the blog!

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