Breeding adult. Photo: Ravi Meghani/Great Backyard Bird Count

A very common sandpiper of Europe and Asia, found most often around freshwater ponds, streams, and estuaries. It is a regular migrant in small numbers in western Alaska; sometimes it occurs in flocks on the outer Aleutian Islands, and it has even nested there. Strays have reached New York state twice.
Family Sandpipers
A very common sandpiper of Europe and Asia, found most often around freshwater ponds, streams, and estuaries. It is a regular migrant in small numbers in western Alaska; sometimes it occurs in flocks on the outer Aleutian Islands, and it has even nested there. Strays have reached New York state twice.

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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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A loud, sharp whistled fee-fee-fee-fee-fee, or chip-ip-ip-ip.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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