Peeps are the world’s tiniest Sandpipers.

They weigh 3/4 of an ounce and stand just a couple inches tall.

They run speedily along the beach like frenetic tiny housekeepers, catching all sorts of little crabs to eat.

Here they are politely sharing a sandcrab lunch!

You can see how tiny they are in comparison to a Western Gull and a Godwit Sandpiper.

These peeps are Western Sandpipers.

They winter along the California coast and breed in Alaska and Siberia.

These constantly busy little birds are super entertaining to watch.

Cheers to you from California’s winter peeps~

193 thoughts on “Peeps~

  1. I’ve always LOVED sandpipers! I could stand on the beach and watch them for hours, but my husband loses patience. I definitely appreciated seeing these little fellows today to be reminded of warmer days to come here in frigid NH. You’ve captured their essence beautifully.


  2. LOL! I always thought peeps were people. Now I know they are Sandpipers.
    Live and learn.
    Next thing you’ll tell me is that Bagpipers are birds that don’t play Danny Boy! xx


  3. What darling little birdies!! And “Peeps” is just a perfect name for them. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing them with us today. They look like they might fit tidily right in the palm of your hand!


  4. I can’t believe you read all these. Anyway, thanks for today’s “like.” When I went to post, I saw that there were comments, going back to forever, that I’d never seen before. Only 2 of them were NOT sales pitches for something or other, one being yours! So the answer is: I don’t have a clue how they work those comments. I thought they came to my email address, but am not sure. I do get your likes in my email, so if you message me, I’ll probably receive that in my email as well. Thanks again for all your wonderful photos from all over the world and The Holler.


  5. Hey,

    I’m working on my debut poetry book and preparing a mailing list. Would you like me to add your e-mail address please? If so, can you share it with me?

    I don’t plan to do it like hard core promotion, I will be e-mailing you privately not through any software.

    I will just inform you when it’s available and when there is some huge fluctuation in price (sale etc.), as on WordPress reader, posts get lost in stampede.

    I won’t be mailing you more than 4 to 5 times a year, and that’s max. Promise!

    And if you want it to share it privately you can do that through contact form on my blog.

    Thank you 🙂


  6. There are so many beautiful photos of the birds here. I do photos too, but none as great as yours. I am an artist in fiber arts and mixed media, and these are so enticing, along with your others of the big wilderness. Fantastic things!


  7. Great photos of these peeps. I just tried to photograph some on Fort Myers Beach. They move so fast. Then a couple walking a dog scared them and they flew away. The big sandpipers stayed behind. They posed for a few shots. 😉


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