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The catch-all term "peeps" is used to describe small shorebirds of the genus 
Calidris (Least, Semipalmated, Western, Baird's, White-Rumped Sandpipers) 
that can be difficult to identify in the field. Distance, heat shimmer, 
similar shapes and plumages, and lack of knowledge all conspire to cause 
many birders (mostly myself!) to list these birds as "peeps," rather than go 
through the mentally taxing process of identification to species. 100 degree 
temps and skeeters don't help, either!
Doug Willis
Kansas City, MO
P.S. I'm not sure, but I think the term "peep" is a loose translation of 
Calidris Sandpiper vocalizations.
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From: "Susan Seyboth" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 1:16 PM
Subject: Bird Slang


> I've been seeing reports of "Peeps".  Can someone tell me what those  are?
>
> Thanks!
> Susan Seyboth
> Kansas City, MO
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