Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Peep ID Article Preview

Eric has recently finished writing an article about peep identification. Peeps are a group of 5 small sandpipers and the group includes Baird's, Least, Semipalmated, Western, and White-rumped. This is a very difficult group to deistinguish between in the field and this article aims to give you great identification points to look for when you see these species. The full article can be found on our Nutty Birder website or by following this link

Below is a short excerpt from the article:

Distinguishing Small Peeps from Large Peeps:
Without much experience, distinguishing sizes of peeps in the field can be difficult. The best way to get a grasp on the different sizes is to bird in a location where there are many shorebirds. After a few experiences with these species, it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand the size difference. One of the biggest differences in shape between small and large peeps is wing length. While in a resting position the wings of a large peep extend beyond the tail feathers while the wings of a small peep do not extend beyond the tail feathers. Because of this, large peeps have a more elegant, thin look than the small peeps. Small peeps look stout and much less elegant.

Junvenile Least Sandpiper

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