Another black-legged, black-billed, sparrow-sized sandpiper, Bairds Sandpipers
show strong demarcation between a white belly and heavily streaked breast. There are no
markings on the sides. The wing tips extend beyond the tail. They commonly forage in small
flocks or as single birds in dry, vegetated areas around wetlands.
A challenging peep,Bairds can be distinguished from Semipalmated and Western sandpipers
because their wingtips extend beyond the length of the tail. White-rumped
Sandpipers are also long-winged, but lack the strong demarcation between belly and
breast. With markings on the sides, White-rumped Sandpipers are less buffycolored and have
a prominent supercilium and white rump. Bairds also appear squattier
than these other three species. Pectoral Sandpipers are
larger with yellow legs.
tend to be early spring and fall migrants in the Great Plains. They are dry coastal and
alpine tundra nesters and winter along beaches and mudflats in southern South America.