solitary sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • Length: 7 inches

  • Fairly small, long-legged shorebird

  • Greenish legs

  • Bold white eye ring

  • Dark rump

  • Dark tail has black bars on the white outer tail feathers

  • Dark underwing

  • Sexes similar

  • Juvenile similar to basic-plumaged adult

  • Usually solitary, often bobs tail

Adult alternate:

  • Head, neck, and chest streaked with dark brown and white

  • Dark brown back and upperwings with small white spots

  • White belly

  • Whitish supraloral stripe, dark lores

Adult basic:

  • Smooth gray-brown head and neck fading to white belly

  • Gray-brown back speckled with white

Similar species:

Yellowlegs are similar but have yellow (not green) legs and white rumps,
visible in flight. Spotted sandpiper has a white wing stripe visible in flight
and a dark back without white spots. Two European species, the green
sandpiper and the wood sandpiper are easily separated by tail pattern,
underwing color and head pattern.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4
Length of Incubation: 23-24? days
Days to Fledge: ?
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Almost exclusively aquatic invertebrates.

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
     U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
            numbers.
     O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
            sometimes low numbers.
     R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
     Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
R
      Su - Summer: June, July, August R
      Fall: September, October, November Acc

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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