Upland Sandpiper

Upland sandpiper

This large, ground-nesting songbird inhabits grasslands and native prairies in North America. They are one of the few sandpiper species that breed and feed inland, instead of along coasts and waterways.

Upland sandpipers prefer a mix of grass heights and densities. They eat beetles, grasshoppers and other insects they stir up as they walk along on the ground. Call is a loud "wolf whistle."

Upland sandpiper populations have suffered steep declines due to habitat loss and hunting. They are rare across New York State.   

The picture above was taken at Friends of the IBA's Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area in the Washington County Grasslands of upstate New York.

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New York State Status: Threatened
Federal Status: Not Listed

Photos courtesy Dr. Gordon Ellmers