Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Status in the Checklist Area - (4) Accidental

Semipalmated Sandpipers have been recorded in the checklist area only three times in recent history. In the late 1800's, there were recorded annually in small numbers (Brooks,1917). Migratory, breeds in the northern tundra and winters in South America. Found among other small 'peep' sandpipers along the edges of wet areas in fields, ponds and so forth.

Similar species:
The 'peep' sandpipers can pose quite the identification challenge. For tips on telling them apart, please see this article.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)

Noteworthy Data
May 14, 2013 Annis Road, Chilliwack D. Tyson, 2013 In unused cranberry field with other shorebirds.
July 14, 2012 Whorley Road, Agassiz G. Gadsden, 2012k
C. McDonald, 2012d
Adult molting to nonbreeding plumage. Mixed with Western and Least Sandpiper. Photographed and field notes.
August 14, 2010 Harrison Lagoon, Harrison Hot Springs C. Mcdonald 2010c Photographed among a small flock of Least Sandpipers.
August 22, 2008 Sinclair Road, Chilliwack G. Gadsden 2008g Among a small flock of Western Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper in a small pond in a field. Photographed.
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