Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), Sweetwater Wetlands, Pima County
long staying individual Solitary Sandpiper was photographed by Pat Goltz on 09 November 2011
and by Andrew Core on 28 November 2011.
Solitary Sandpiper is accidental in SE Arizona after very early October.
Even in California there is only about one record year in November.
Solitary Sandpiper consists of two subspecies, the eastern form solitaria
and the western form cinnamomea. DNA studies suggest they may be
separate species. eBird data suggests that solitaria may tend to
linger in the US longer than cinnomomea which raises some interesting
questions about the subspecies of this bird. However plumage differences
are very subtle and ID is not always possible even in the hand. In fresh
plumage, solitaria has broad white tail bars, is olive above with
heavier, buffy spots. Its loral streak is solid. In contrast,
cinnomomea has narrower white tail bars, is grayer above with sparser
cinnamon-white spotting and a spotted loral streak.
09 November 2011, photo by Pat Goltz
28 November 2011, photo by Andrew CoreAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 07 December 2011