Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 21 - Wood Sandpiper in Rhode Island

Since this rarity continues to show itself well since October 13th, today I went up to Jamestown, RI and was able to get very nice views of the Wood Sandpiper.  This species breeds in wetlands in the sub-arctic areas from the Scotland and across Europe, and Asia. Their migration typically takes them to Africa and into southern Asia, mostly into India.  Here is their global range map.

They also reach extreme western Alaska.

Somehow this individual got extremely lost and was located on the Atlantic Coast.  It is just the 7th known record for this species within the Lower 48 States !
This bird also becomes my 622nd bird seen in the United States.

Here is one image from friend Andrew Baksh:

To see some wonderful pictures of this Rhode Island bird see:
Garry Kessler's images