08 Nov 2014.
John Heinz NWR, Philadelphia Co, PA.
With dunlin in background.
15 Oct 2014.
Churchville Nature Center, Bucks Co, PA.
On the ponds at Elm Ave, digiscoped in light rain showers. The Stilt Sandpiper was foraging with 13 Lesser Yellowlegs.
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.