Solitary Sandpiper Life History

Habitat

Habitat MarshesBreeds in taiga, nesting in trees in deserted songbird nests. In migration and winter found along freshwater ponds, stream edges, temporary pools, flooded ditches and fields, more commonly in wooded regions, less frequently on mudflats and open marshes.Back to top

Nesting

Nest Placement

Nest Tree

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:3-5 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Downy and active, able to leave nest as soon as down dries.
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Behavior

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Conservation

Conservation Low ConcernSolitary Sandpiper are common, but populations appear to have declined between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. A 2012 study estimates a North American population of 189,000 birds. Solitary Sandpiper is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top

Credits

Andres, B. A., P. A. Smith, R. I. G. Morrison, C. L. Gratto-Trevor, S. C. Brown and C. A. Friis. 2012a. Population estimates of North American shorebirds, 2012. Wader Study Group Bulletin no. 119 (3):178-194.

Moskoff, William. 2011. Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, Jr. Ziolkowski, D. J. and W. A. Link. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, results and analysis 1966-2013 (Version 1.30.15). USGS Patuxtent Wildlife Research Center 2014b. Available from http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/.

Sibley, David Allen. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

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