Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
Status in the Checklist Area - (1) Accidental

An Asian sandpiper that is recorded almost annually on the coast of B.C. at locations such as Boundary Bay and Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Currently, only one record exists for our checklist area occuring in the fall of 2012. Interestingly, but maybe not surprisingly, in 2012 several were reported from the coast including an astounding 15 individuals that were well-documented near Quesnel (B.C. RBA, 2012) suggesting a good year for Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in B.C. This species is almost always found mixed in with flocks of Pectoral Sandpiper and will also use short-grass habitats that does not necessarily include water.

Similar species:
Very similar to Pectoral Sandpipers. Watch for a more distinct, rufous cap (some Pectoral Sandpiper can have stronger caps too) with a more prominant whitish eyebrow and a sparsely streaked and buffy breast. See photos below.

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert
Kaufman, K. (1990)
Sibley, D. (2000)

Noteworthy Data
September 10, 2012 Campbell Rd., Sumas Prairie, Abbotsford J. Vooys 2012 On turf farm near Dixon Road with Pectoral and Baird's Sandpipers. Also present on the morning of September 11, 2012.
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