|Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla - Winter Plumage|
Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla – Estero Lagoon; Fort Myers Beach, Florida: While photographing the spoonbill in the previous post this least sandpiper strolled past me probing the mud for invertebrates.
Least sandpipers nest in extreme northern Canada, from the Island of Newfoundland, westward to the Yukon Territory, into Alaska. After spending the breeding season on the tundra this little bird, six inches long from tip of bill to tip of tail, flies south to winter along the continental coast from Vancouver, Canada southward and eastward to Virginia. On its wintering grounds it is usually found on mudflats with a variety of other peeps and long legged shorebirds, and is easily identified by its slightly down curved bill, dark back and yellow legs.