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The diminutive White-rumped Sandpiper undertakes one of the longest migrations of any shorebird. It nests in wet tundra in the Nunavut region of the Arctic Circle and winters in Patagonia at the southern tip of South America. The average adult is 7.5 inches long with a wingspan of 17 inches. This species stands out among other small shorebirds because of its entirely white rump and its longer wings that project noticeably beyond its tail. Non-breeding adults are plain gray above and white below, with a white eye stripe. This species forages on wetlands’ mudflats, beaches, and rocky shorelines, and occasionally searches farm fields for small invertebrate prey. In its lifetime, this petite bird will complete numerous 15,000-16,000 mile round trip migration flights to continue the cycle of life for its species. The White-rumped has a short, faint call of “tseek!” 43p5.jpg