What better way to start a Monday than with some deep thoughts…
Shorebirds are so named because they are, not surprisingly, often found on shores, wading in shallow water, on mudflats, etc. One of the most common summer birds in grassland parts of South Dakota is the Upland Sandpiper. Well-named, Upland Sandpipers are usually described in field guides as “shorebirds that don’t act like shorebirds”, as they are, not surprisingly given their name, found in upland environments. The most common way to see an Upland Sandpiper in the state is to see one sitting on a fence post in a grassland area, and typically there isn’t a wetland or a “shore” in sight.
So, deep thought to start the week…How do you describe it when you see an Upland Sandpiper, wading and foraging in shallow water like a “normal” shorebird? What do you call a “shorebird” that doesn’t act like a shorebird, but IS acting like a shorebird?
Deep thought…discuss amongst yourself.