These are common transients in Cuba, as they migrate between their winter quarters in South America and their breeding grounds in sub-arctic North America.
Cayo Guillermo, Jardines del Rey, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
Lots of sandpipers -- man, oh man, did they look so similar. Greg was there to give some guidance. Hopefully I have this ID correct...
Liam was fond of the smell.
After lunch, the Birders had amassed at the Sandpiper area. This was downwind of a sewage treatment and I was informed you are not a birder till you are...downwind of...sewage.
The Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) or Micropalama himantopus, is a small shorebird; it bears some resemblance to the smaller calidrid sandpipers or "stints". DNA sequence information is incapable of determining whether it should be placed in Calidris or in the monotypic genus Micropalama. It appears most closely allied with the Curlew Sandpiper, which is another aberrant species only tentatively placed in Calidris and could conceivably separated with it in Erolia.