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Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper (breeding plumage)

© David McDonald

Tringa solitaria

Family: (Scolopacidae) Sandpipers

Preferred Habitat: Freshwater ponds, stream edges, flooded fields and ditches.

Seasonal Occurrence: Uncommon in spring and fall.

Notes: The Solitary Sandpiper is closely related to the Lesser Yellowlegs. It is distinguished by its smaller size, dull greenish legs, and prominent eye ring. Unlike Lesser Yellowlegs Solitary Sandpipers have dark centers to their tails and dark underwings. They typically are found alone or in small groups. Solitary Sandpipers breed in the taiga regions of Canada and Alaska. This is the only North American sandpiper to lay its eggs in the deserted tree nests of other birds, including American Robin, Rusty Blackbird, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Jay, and Cedar Waxwing.
- Susan Billetdeaux