The Baird's Sandpiper is a common migrant in
South Dakota in both the spring and the fall. They are one of a very few
shorebirds who will stop at high mountain lakes during migration. Unlike
many other small sandpipers, they feed by picking items from the mud or water's
surface, rather than by probing into the mud.
pools, shorelines, mudflats, and fields. Can often be found in drier
habitat during migration than some other small sandpipers.
Diet: Not well known, but primarily insects, along with spiders
and other invertebrates. Will also take amphipods and other small
Behavior: Actively walks along the shoreline or in
shallow water, picking food items from the surface of the water or the
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota. In their
breeding range, the nest of a Baird's Sandpiper is a depression on the ground,
lined with grasses and leaves. The female usually lays 4 eggs, and she
alone incubates them. The young leave the nest soon after hatching and
find their own food, but the female stays with them and protects them until
fledging. The young fledge at about 3 weeks.
Song: A low krrrrt.
Migration: Summers in the Arctic, winters in South
America. Unlike many shorebirds which migrate north through the Great
Plains but migrate south in the fall along the Atlantic Coast or elsewhere,
Baird's Sandpipers are common migrants through South Dakota in both spring
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Baird's Sandpiper"
Photo Information: July 29th, 2007 - Lake Thompson, Kingsbury County, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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