Solitary Sandpiper

General description.

As its name implies, this species is usually is seen by itself, bobbing its head, in search of food along the beaches of ponds, bogs, woodland streams in swampy areas. It differs from other sandpipers by its, relatively, long legs, which are also olive green. It is a wary bird and springs quickly into the air if disturbed. Although a loner, during spring migration, flocks of these sandpipers can be seen feeding in flooded areas.

Flight pattern.


Breeding habits.

The Solitary Sandpiper breeds from Alaska and across Canada to Northeast Minnesota.

Calls or song.


Population and distribution.

Sandpipers migrate north from Central America

Nesting habits.

4 pale green or buff eggs, spotted with gray and brown. The Solitary Sandpiper is lazy when it comes to building, for it often nests in the deserted ones left by thrushes, jays and blackbirds.

Similar birds:

Spotted Sandpiper Photo Spotted Sandpiper
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