Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pretty chestnut-cheeked Stilt Sandpipers north of Rocky Ford,CO

I found these two Stilt Sandpipers foraging in the Ordway,CO Feedlot lagoons. I think these sandpipers are very attractive in their Alternate (breeding) plumage, especially the chestnut cheek patches. There have been several sightings of this fairly unusual species this spring (more commonly seen in the fall in Colorado) further east in Colorado, most in the southeast area of the state. SeEtta