Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

An extremely rare visitor to the UK from North America. The first photos below show individuals photographed in North America, but below them are some poor record shots of a controversial bird that, in the end, was believed by most people to be Norfolk's first Western Sandpiper.

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juvenile Western Sandpiper, Island View Beach, Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada), 13th September 2006

 

juvenile Western Sandpiper, Island View Beach, Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada), 10th September 2006

 

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juvenile (moulting to first-winter) Western Sandpiper, Island View Beach, Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada), 13th September 2006

 

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Western Sandpipers, SE Salton Sea (California, USA), 23rd April 2005

 

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Western Sandpipers, Bacon Street, San Diego (California, USA), 19th April 2005

 

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Western Sandpipers, SE Salton Sea (California, USA), 23rd April 2005

 

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apparent Western Sandpiper, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 3rd December 2011