White-rumped Sandpiper is a fairly plain sandpiper,
somewhat difficult to differentiate from other similarly sized sandpipers, until
it takes flight and the white rump becomes obvious. The
Sandpiper is a very long-distance migrant, summering in the Arctic and wintering
as far south as the outer islands of Antarctica. They migrate through in
large groups, often stopping at select, traditional locations, making them
potentially vulnerable to habitat loss along the migration route.
Habitat: During migration, found in
mudflats, flooded fields, shallow marshes, beaches, sandbars, and other similar
habitats. Breeds on low grassy tundra in and around the Arctic.
Diet: Insect and insect larvae, marine
worms, mollusks, crustaceans, leaches, seeds, and other vegetation.
Behavior: Forages on mudflats by probing in the
mud or shallow water, or plucking food items from the mud or water's
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: High-pitched, squeaky jeeet.
Migration: Extremely long-distance migrant,
summering in and near the Arctic, and wintering in southern South America.
Many make non-stop flights in the fall from eastern Canada to northern South
Conservation Status: Vulnerable to habitat loss in its
migration path, but generally stable.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - White-rumped Sandpiper
eNature.com - White-rumped Sandpiper
Photo Information: May 20th, 2005 - Lake Thompson
in South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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