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Merlin Bird ID

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    Western Sandpiper Identification

    Adult Description

    Small sandpiper. Short neck. Moderately long bill, with slight droop. Moderately long legs. Black center of rump and tail. Legs black. Back gray-brown with some reddish. Chest usually only lightly marked. In breeding plumage has chestnut on back, crown, and back of face. Short webbing between toes (hard to see).

    Immature Description

    Juvenile similar to adult, but with more scaly pattern on back.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
      • Weight: 0.8-1.2 oz (22-35 g)
      • Wingspan: 10.2-14.6 in (26-37 cm)