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This distinctive Least Sandpiper-type calidrid was photographed at Tule Lake, Corpus Christi, Texas on May 17, 2009:



Note the shortish bill, the black/white lines on the mantle/upper back, high-contrast streaking in the crown (with a partial split-supercilum), rounded pale spot above the anterior lores, extensive well-defined streaking across the chest and to a limited degree down the upper flanks, lack of a notch on the outer edge of the dark center of the innermost greater secondary covert (which is an alternative-aspect type feather):



Compare this individual to the typical-looking late-Spring Least Sandpiper to the right; note the crown/nape/mantle patterns, and the chest-sides:




This individual fed almost exclusively by turning its head strongly (at times almost horizontally) to one side; the 4 or 5 nearby typical LESAs fed with the bill mostly held somehat vertically, but occasionally one would "lean over" - but not to the same extent as this individual did habitually:


Note below that the bill is shorter than the middle toe in this comparison, even though the middle toe is not fully-straightened: