Least Sandpiper
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General description.

The Least Sandpiper, as the name might imply, is the smallest American "shorebird". Its Latin name, "minutilla" means "tiny". This sandpiper sports a short, pointed, slender bill, and is a nondescriptive gray in winter.

Breeding habits.

The Least Sandpiper breeds in Alaska, the Yukon, Labrador and Nova Scotia and prefers the grassy, open areas of ponds, marshes, beaches and flooded fields, as well as mud flats, giving it the nickname, "mud peep".

Calls or song.

The Least Sandpiper draws out a sharp, thin "Kree-eet".

Population and distribution.

The Least Sandpiper winters on both coasts from Oregon and North Carolina southward to the Gulf Coast and all the way to Patagonia.

Nesting habits.

The Least Sandpiper makes a small depression in a dry area of the tundra and lines it with moss and grass. There she lays 4 pinkish-buff eggs, spotted with brown.
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