Shorebirds: Solitary Sandpiper

Photo of Solitary Sandpiper

Wintering in Central and South America, and summering/breeding in Canada and Alaska, Solitary Sandpipers occur in New England during migration, primarily in the month of May, and then from mid-July through mid-October. Their preference for exposed, muddy edges of freshwater wetlands (or even puddles), allows them to utilize sites well inland, unlike many shorebird species who rely on coastal locations for foraging.

Solitary Sandpipers have white-speckled backs (compare with the dark backs of Spotted Sandpipers), dull yellow/green legs (compare with the bright legs of Lesser Yellowlegs), a white eye-ring, and a dark, medium-length bill. Solitaries move about with jerking head movements (whereas Spotted Sandpipers continuously bob their tails).

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