During the 2013 spring migration season 144 shorebirds were banded with specially coded flags at Dauphin Island, AL. So far, 12 Western sandpipers and 15 Dunlin with these special bands have been resighted back at Dauphin Island!

Western Sandpiper banded on 3/19/13 at Dauphin Island, AL. Resighted on 10/8/13 in the same location.

Western Sandpiper banded on 3/19/13 at Dauphin Island, AL. Resighted on 10/8/13 in the same location.

Breeding grounds and migration pathways of Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri)

Breeding grounds and migration pathways of Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western sandpipers breed in Alaska from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River north to the vicinity of Point Barrow and Camden Bay. This means that, if these birds successfully made it to the breeding grounds, they have traveled  at least 24,000 kilometers (3750 miles) in the last seven months!