With all the buzz about warblers during the spring migration it is easy to forget that there are many other groups of birds that also migrate. One such group happens to be my ABSOLUTE favorite - SHOREBIRDS. It is no coincidence that I participate in shorebird surveys for several organizations both in the spring and fall. This post will feature one of those shorebird types that are moving through at the moment. White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis).
During migration, White-rumped Sandpipers are usually found on mudflats, flooded fields, marshes with shallow water, on the beach near mudflats or any similar types of habitats. They typically forage near the water's edge or in shallow water mostly feeding on insect, insect larve, marine worms, mollusks, crustacean and other aquatic invertebrate. They have one of the longest migration routes, traveling over 6,000 thousand miles from the south of South America to their breeding grounds in the tundra. They make high-pitched, squeaky calls that are insect like; distinctive, once you get practice in hearing it among the calls of other shorebirds. Recently, I spent some time in the field on Long Island and in Queens observing these birds and I was able to capture video as well as obtain photographs, which I have included in this post below - enjoy!.
Video of White-rumped Sandpipers and other shorebirds -
Tags: White-rumped Sandpiper, Long Island, Queens