- Song sequence with weet notes throughoutCourtesy of Macaulay Library
Alaska June 2006
© Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Spotted Sandpipers use a rapid string of about 10 weet calls in the same manner as a song, for courtship and to communicate between pairs.
When alarmed, Spotted Sandpipers may give a pair of weet notes or, if warning chicks, make a metallic spink. Walking toward the nest, they make a simple pink sound, often three times in a row. The alarm call is similar to the song except rather than a long string of notes, it is in pairs, followed by a brief pause. Spotted Sandpipers also use a courtship song between a mated pair that has a series of soft pips before the standard song. If they are surprised while incubating, they may let out a loud squeal.