Rock Sandpiper - Calidris ptilocnemis
The rock sandpiper is a plump, medium-sized shorebird 7-8 inches in length. It has a thin black bill with a yellow base that droops a little at the tip and short legs.
In the winter, it has a
slate-gray head, breast, and upperparts.
The rock sandpiper breeds in western Alaska. It winters
along the southern Alaska coast south to northern California.
During breeding season, the rock sandpiper is found on mossy coastal tundra in Alaska. In winter, it is found on rocky shores.
The female lays 2-4 eggs in a nest in a depression in the ground. Both parents incubate the eggs for about 20 days. The chicks are precocial and leave the nest and feed themselves shortly after hatching. Both parents care for the young. The chicks fledge when they are about 21 days old.
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