I was forwarded this photograph by Monte and Christopher Taylor. It's a sandpiper photographed in Georgia (USA) in January 2008. Western Sandpiper is the default winterer in North America, but this bird has a very short bill. Is it a Semipalmated Sandpiper? Wintering Semipalmateds are very rare here. Bill is very short, but somehow the shape of the bill doesn't quite match for Semipalm for me and the overall shape of the bird also doesn't match Semipalm. Is this just an unusually short-billed male Western?