Solitary Sandpipers

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May 17, 2010

Solitary Sandpipers (Tringa solitaria) are one of the few shorebirds that we see in the mountains. They’re just passing through, however, on their way to Canada where they will nest and raise their young before undertaking the long flight back to their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

While most shorebirds migrate in large flocks, Solitary Sandpipers tend to travel alone—hence the name. They are also unique among North American sandpipers because they breed in trees, using the old nests of robins, blackbirds, and other tree nesting species.

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