2 Baird's Sandpipers, 2 Sanderling at Mono Lake

Observers: Justin Hite
Email: justinhiteatgmaildotcom
Verification: MONO
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Date: 08/10/2008
Time: 09:38 PM -0400

I went out to Sammon's Spring this afternoon, on the southeast shore of Mono Lake. Among a few dozen Western and Least Sandpipers were a pair of Sanderlings and a pair of Baird's Sandpipers. One of the Sanderlings was still mostly in breeding plumage, with a good looking ruddy reddish face, throat and upper breast contrasting strongly with white underparts. The Baird's were walking the sandbars along the shoreline, with primary projection VERY visable even from far away. Also a few dozen Semipalmated Plover, 3 Black-bellied Plover, 3 Marbled Godwit, and the first Northern Shoveler I've seen this season at the lake.

Sanderling (adult):

Baird's Sandpiper (juvenile):