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First Specimens of Baird Sandpiper from the State of Washington

Lee R. Dice
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
1 (January-February)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1915
Pages: 
60

First Specimens of Baird Sandpiper from the State of Washington

Two specimens of the Baird Sandpiper (Pisobia bairdi) are now in the Collection of Whitman College at Walla Walla, Washington. One of these has been compared with the series in the California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and proves to be still in the winter plumage. The specimens were taken by Storrs H. Lyman in the spring of 1908 on a farm about four miles from Dayton, Columbia County, Washington. Mr. Lyman has kindly furnished all available information about them. The sandpipers were taken in the early part of April, probably on the 10th or 11th. A cold rain fell that day turning into a snow squall in the middle of the afternoon. The two birds were taken from a small flock feeding in a grain field.

Baird Sandpipers are reported to have been seen at three localities in the state (Dawson and Bowles, Birds of Washington, 1910, p. 656) but no specimens have been obtained previously.

Lee R. Dice

Berkeley, California

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