Anchorage Area Rarity – Terek Sandpiper

The Terek Sandpiper

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Mouth of Chester Creek south to Earthquake Park

First Seen:  June 3, 2015

Last Seen:  July 8, 2015

Discovered by:  Franklin Clemens

Relative Rarity:  The summer of 2015 Terek Sandpiper represents the 8th record for the Upper Cook Inlet Region (previous Anchorage records included singles along tidal flats 18 June 1977, 10-16 June 1979, 14 August 1982, 27-28 June 1984, 6 July to 1 August 1987, 8-9 June 1990, and 8-15 July 1998). Further, and most incredible, all but one of the previous records were of birds found on the mudflats between Fish Creek and Chester Creek – must be some choice mud! (that last bit from Buzz Sher)

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