A very cooperative (and great looking) Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is still present in the Los Angeles River at the Willow Street crossing. Initially found by Bob Schallmann on November 11th, the bird has now been here for nine days.  This would be only the third well documented L.A. County record (1976, 1982, 2016) for this species of sandpiper, a bird that breeds in Siberia!

So for all of you rare bird chasers and county listers, it might be another 30 years before you have another chance of getting one of these in Los Angeles County!

Looking south from the Willow St. bridge.

In this photo, the Least Sandpipers (in the lower part of the image) give a good size comparison to the much larger Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Photo: David Barton