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Solitary sandpiper        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Solitary sandpipers are well-named:  quiet, shy birds that typically are seen individually or in small groups.   They resemble lesser yellowlegs, but have a prominent eye-ring, shorter and more olive-colored legs, and -- in flight -- a white tail with the outer feathers barred black.  Solitary sandpipers seem to like wooded areas, not the open beaches and mudflats frequented by other sandpipers.   Where I live in southern California, they are rare transients, typically seen briefly as they pass through on migration in spring or fall.   These birds were photographed in California (the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside and in Monterey).

    Canon 1D4, 7D2; 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2011, 2012, 2016, 201, 2022)