Pectoral sandpiper, anwr, alaska.

pectoral sandpiper, anwr, alaska.

Hey Folks,

Here’s a Pectoral sandpiper photo, taken on our recent trip to ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. The shorebirds out on the coastal plain were really a treat – we were so lucky to see a number of cool birds. I’ll try to write a thorough report when I get time. In the meantime, dig this.



PS – I edited this after the great biologist Milo Burcham pointed out the error of my initial post, which said the bird is a buff-breasted sandpiper – Milo, of course, is correct, and I, of course, was wrong – the bird is a pectoral sandpiper. Thanks Milo.

5 thoughts on “Pectoral sandpiper, anwr, alaska.

  1. Beth Lunsford

    That’s a beautiful pic!!! I hate it that the weather was so awful. You always find something cool!! I just told Ron I’ve been studying Wildlife Biology. It’s great, but I hate the internet classes. Right now I’m on Zoology,Animal Physiology, & Animal behavior. It’s very, very interesting. Hope you are well. Stay safe!!!

  2. Milo Burcham

    Hi Carl,
    As the biology cop for the internet, I thought I would give you a warning before I cite you. That’s a pectoral sandpiper, not a buff-breasted. I am not sure about the yellowish beak, bit the abrubt definition between the markings on the upper breast and white belly is the best field mark. Nice shot, though and I’d love to spend more time up there!

  3. Carl Donohue

    Hey Milo,

    As the biology terrorist for the internet, I appreciate the correction. I mostly appreciate the warning over a citation – I’ve always appreciated clemency.




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