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Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) at Galicia, late October 2002. 

Photos  by Pablo Gutiérrez and Antonio Gutiérrez
Text by Ricard Gutiérrez


This autumn there have been three records of Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) at Galicia, NW Spain: one bird at ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso-Cabana on late September (J.L.Rabuñal); one juvenile was found in company of a Semipalmeated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) on 21.10 at laguna de Traba, Laxe, A Coruña (José Luís Rabuñal Patiño). This bird latter presumably moved to Laxe beach (c. 5 km distance) where it was relocated on 27.10 (Pablo & Antonio Gutiérrez). A second bird, an adult moulting into winter plumage was located on 22.10 at Playa Ladeira, Baiona,Pontevedra (César Vidal), well S of the former bird depicted in the next photos. 

Since this is one of the scarcest American waders reaching Spain. There are only five accepted previous records up to year 2000: 

  • Canary Islands,  Golf del Sur, Tenerife, 21-oct-1990 (JA.Lorenzo)
  • Galicia. Laguna de Traba, A Coruña. 01-nov-1994  (JL.Rabuñal)
  • Canary Islands. Punta de Rasca, Tenerife.  23-nov-1992 (Cartwright)
  • Galicia. Ensenada da Insua, A Coruña.  20-ago-88 (JL. Rabuñal)
  • Galicia. O Grove, Pontevedra,  01-nov-1996 (C.D.Romay)
So lasting late august late november, with most of birds, as these two new records from late october-early november. 


All photos depicting juvenile Baird's Sandpiper (C.bairdii) by Pablo Gutiérrez phtographed at laguna de Traba (the same place as the 1994 record) and Laxe beach, 23.10.2002.

Baird's Sandpiper  Calidris bairdii. Traba lagoon and Laxe beach-second from above-, A Coruña, Galicia, 23-27.10.2002 (© Pablo Gutiérrez & Antonio Gutiérrez) Notice the typical brown-grey tinge to upperparts and the elongated body. Compare the size to the Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) on the last shot.
Correlimos de Baird Calidris bairdii. Laguna de Traba y playa de Laxe -segunda por arriba-, A Coruña, Galicia, 23-27.10.2002 (© Pablo Gutiérrez & Antonio Gutiérrez) Notad el típico tono gris-marronoso de las partes superiores y el cuerpo alargado. Comparad el tamaño con el del chorlitejo grande (Charadrius hiaticula) de la última foto.
Territ de Baird Calidris bairdii. Llacuna de Traba i platja de Laxe-segona començant per dalt-, Corunya, Galicia, 23-27.10.2002 (© Pablo Gutiérrez & Antonio Gutiérrez) Noteu el típic to gris-marronós de las parts superiors i el cos allargat. Compareu el seu tamany amb el del corriol gros (Charadrius hiaticula) de la darrera foto.

RG wants to thank Pablo Gutiérrez for sending these photos that will undoubtely contribute to the acceptance of this record by CR/SEO. RG quiere agradecer a Pablo Gutiérrez el envio de estas fotos que sin duda contribuirán a homologar este ave por el CR/SEO. RG vol donar les gràcies  a Pablo Gutiérrez la tramesa d'aquestes fotografies que sense dubte contribuiran a homologar aquesta cita pel CR/SEO.

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Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) at Galicia, late october 2002. 


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