restricted access area
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus), with Dunlin, Hudeman Slough reservoir 2, off Ramal Road, Sonoma County, California - 1 January 2014. Continuing rarity found here by Gene Hunn on 29 November 2013. Linked to eBird checklist: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16173396
Feeding at ephemeral pools
A mix of Stilt Sandpipers and 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.