Sandpipers are named for the slight webbing between their toes. One of the
so-called "peeps" (tiny sandpipers), they are nonetheless champion long-distance
migrants, often traveling for 2,000 miles non-stop from eastern North America to
their wintering grounds in South America.
on open mudflats and edges of shallow lakes and wetlands during migration
through the state.
Diet: Feeds on a variety
of small insects and crustaceans. Will also feed on small mollusks, worms,
and occasionally seeds.
Behavior: Primarily forages on mudflats, beaches,
or very shallow water, walking along and searching for prey. They will
also occasionally probe in the mud with their bill.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: On its summer breeding grounds, gives a
long, rolling trilling of ascending and descending tones. The flight
call is a short chirp.
Migration: Extremely long distance migrants, with
summer breeding grounds in the Arctic, and its wintering grounds in South
Conservation Status: Numbers are generally stable.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Semipalmated Sandpiper
-- Semipalmated Sandpiper
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